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CollareddoveCollareddove SE WalesPosts: 112
I see people using half moon lengths of blue water pipe as framework for protection of vegetable beds, with fleece or similar to cover.
When I have tried this I cannot get the pipe reliably to stay anchored in the ground.  How do people overcome this problem?
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,902
    If you push a piece of can or similar into the ends, then push them in, that keeps them in place.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • CollareddoveCollareddove SE WalesPosts: 112
    I did try pushing pieces of cane into the ends but they usually broke when pushing into the ground, or after being in the ground for a season.  If they broke inside the pipe it wasn't possible to get them out, nor to push another piece up the pipe because the original piece was blocking it.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 7,647
    As invented by (or at least popularized by) Geoff Hamilton - https://www.gardeningdata.co.uk/powen/advanced/deep-bed-cloche.php
  • CollareddoveCollareddove SE WalesPosts: 112
    The idea of dowel secured with a nail does seem more substantial than a piece of cane.  Thanks for the link @JennyJ.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 7,647
    It probably depends how windy it gets where you are.
  • nick615nick615 SW IrelandPosts: 1,239
    A short length of stiff wire or steel bar, pushed into the soil in the desired place, but of smaller diameter than the inside of your pipe, overcomes the problem.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,902
    That's what I'd use @nick615 if cane/dowel isn't suitable. 
    I wouldn't have any problem pushing a bit of dowel or cane into the soil here, but I suppose if it's hard and dry it would be more difficult. I've also used metal 'canes' which were the shelf supports from one of those cheapo plastic greenhouses. Hollow like a cane, but sturdy  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,615
    Get some rebar from a builders merchant. It comes in a range of diameters so it should be easy to find the right size to fit your pipe. It is also useful for making plant supports as Monty Don has shown many times on GW.
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 6,312
    Fairygirl said:
    I've also used metal 'canes' which were the shelf supports from one of those cheapo plastic greenhouses. Hollow like a cane, but sturdy  :)
    That's what I use, too
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • ColinAColinA Posts: 352
    I push the ends into the soil approx 6ins and never have a problem
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