• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com pie forums private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Pearl Sutton
  • paul wheaton
  • r ranson
  • Joseph Lofthouse
master gardeners:
  • John F Dean
  • jordan barton
  • Carla Burke
  • Leigh Tate
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
  • Jay Angler
  • Mike Barkley

Wicker baskets as plant root protection/micro-hugel?

Posts: 503
Location: San Diego, California
forest garden trees rabbit chicken food preservation building woodworking greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
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?
Posts: 315
Location: Yukon Territory, Canada. Zone 1a
transportation hugelkultur cat books cooking food preservation bike building writing rocket stoves wood heat
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
If you can't use them in any other useful way, I say go for it! Especially if you are having gopher issues.
Let us know how it works.
6 Ways To Keep Chickens - pdf download
will be released to subscribers in: soon!
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic