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I want to build a raised flowerbed using square section downpipe stood vertically and glued together.The internal size would be about 60mmx60mm.Are there any plants which would grow in such a confined space?
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    Succulents, some small alpines. I can't see how it would be of any great use for much else. Maybe a few salad crops.
    6cm is tiny, even if you have a reasonable height/depth, so most plants would eventually struggle.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,940
    I think the OP must mean 60cms,  not a lot will grow for long in 2” pots. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    I wondered of that was the case @Lyn, but they said downpipe, so I couldn't see it would be that size either  ;)
    Perhaps @bluehamster1968 can enlighten us   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • The size is actually 60mm(2.5 inches)square,although the height will be about 1 metre. 
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,141
    Show carrots or parsnips :) ? I think they grow those in long cylinders to get long straight roots.
  • bluehamster1968bluehamster1968 Posts: 19
    edited August 2021
    The pipes will be filled with soil and compost all the way to ground level-so the roots can be any length,but they can only spread horizontally 60mmx60mm.I could lay the pipes horizontally,in which case I would lose the square ends which I was hoping to be able to plant something in.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481
    Is there any particular reason why you want to do this ... or do you just like a real challenge? 
    There are so many more attractive and easier ways to grow plants 🌷🌷🌷
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    How would you get them out @JennyJ?   ;)

    My first suggestion is still the most valid I reckon. I just can't see the reasoning though  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,141
    Open up the two halves? Only joking really though, I think it's ornamental suggestions that were wanted, and I can't really think of anything that would be happy and look good in such a narrow container except the little rosette succulents like houseleeks, and for them only the top few inches would need to be compost - the rest could be hardcore, gravel etc.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    That was my thought @JennyJ. Definitely a waste to fill the whole thing up too.  :)
    There are loads of little saxifrages which would be happy,  and even things like crocus or snowdrops if it was a suitable site. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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