So I have an excess of wicker baskets (over 30, even after using many for other things ) to dispose of, and am wondering if there is any merit to the following idea:
Dig hole, put basket into hole, plant something in the basket, fill basket with remaining soil.
Would the wicker provide any deterrent from gophers? I know the have the ability to chew through it, but would it be a psychological deterrent(ie too much work to chew through, so why bother?)
Initially the wicker would absorb and release water to act as a moisture sink; after a few years, the basket would decompose and thereby fertilize the plant, so it would act something like a "microhugel"
Does this sound like it's worth doing, or should I reuse them some other way?
Experimenting and growing on my small acre in SW USA; Fruit & Nut trees w/ annuals, hoping to get Chickens, rabbits, and in-laws onto property soon.
Long term goal - Furniture & Luthier Stay-at-home farm dad.