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Starting off other veg in guttering pipes?  RSS feed

 
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Evening all,

I have recently learned about starting peas in half cut guttering pipes and I was just wondering if this same technique could be used for other vegetable seeds?

I quite like the fact I do not have to then dig holes if I was to pot up seedlings so I am interested in this technique for what I perceive to be as something that is easier and simpler - sow in the cutter then when they are big enough dig a trench matching the gutter size and slide 'em in!

Thank you for your replies,

Samuel
 
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I've never tried growing transplants in guttering, but I do grow hydroponic strawberries, baby bok choy,and lettuce in them. The reason? Keep them elevated away from the feral turkeys. I'm planning on trying green onions in guttering this year because of the turkey problem.
 
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That is an interesting idea. I have not run across it before, so have nothing to add but my curiosity as to how well it works. I can see it being a pretty significant time saver for things that need to be started and then put out.

Hoping some folks with experience can report in on how this one works.
 
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Erica Strauss, a great PNW suburban gardener, shows us how she did it.
http://www.nwedible.com/2011/05/sowing-peas-in-guttering-wherein-i.html
 
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That is a great link! This tech is crying out for a biodegradable liner to make the transition go more smoothly.
Alternatively could one drill large drainage holes and just plant the whole thing?
I know the plastic in the garden gains a tisk tisk from many, but they are also unlikely to try this trick at all.
 
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Guttering pipes might be good if you have a balcony only. Otherwise dig. They are far too shallow to give a real good result. And if you have a garden the soil gets better every year this does not happen in guttering pipes. You will need much more water too.
 
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I will have to give this one a try. I think a three foot length would be a manageable size. A visit to the Habitat Restore in my future.
 
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