Picture of Growing Chinese Cabbages in PVC Pipe
Here's how you can create your low budget green garden at home that doesn't need alot of space. I'm Vannak, Here in Cambodia, I'm living in a flat on the 1st floor so I don't have much space for doing my gardening. so this could be the best way I could imagined of. :D

Step 1: Materials & Tools

Picture of Materials & Tools
Here's what you'll need:

- Plastic Botles = 01
- PVC Pipe = 02 (5 inches in size or larger is recommended)

- Saw
- Scissors
1inspirit2 years ago
cart5623 years ago
Using PVC is a great idea in itself, but for plants to really get big and do well, they need more room for their roots to develop. I would recommend getting the same diameter pipe and cut it into several 8 inch or so long sections, put a cap or something on the bottom, and stand them up in a row. It would probably take more material but you're plants will have more growing room and it wouldn't take up any more space than in the picture.
fantasticx23 years ago
This sounds great, can't wait to try this, I have a ton of PVC needs to be put to use and at the moment no wood to make planter boxes for plants and seeds.
Thanks for the great idea!!!
Udon6 years ago
I very like.
Does dripping ever cause a problem? I'd think that the cuts on the bottom would make a mess on the floor. I'm moving into an apartment this summer and may have to give this a go!
lordrobin3k (author)  NailedtotheV6 years ago
Hi, it's depend on the soil you choose, for me I choose Composed soil so it doesn't have alot of dirt. so when the water dripping down to the floor, it just vaporized in minutes.
You can get a type of potting soil that retains the water, holding it unti the plant needs it.
papabob566 years ago
What a great idea! I have the perfect space for a planter such as this and I can get all the pipe I need for free. The local plumbing shop has tons of these pipes, in various lengths sitting in a refuse pipe. I'm going to try this idea to grow some lettuce and swiss chard. Thanks for the awesome contribution. : )
michael686 years ago
I built a hydroponics unit the same way, the only thing you have to watch out for is contamination from the PVC pipe, it can leech into the soil, there are plenty of websites you can go onto that will tell you of more suitable materials, great instructable.
In a small setup like the one you have there try replacing the soil with Perlite (google it!) or other hydroponic mediums. You should find that it is faster and the crops will be bigger and less disease prone. Great Instructable by the way.
ModrnHippe6 years ago
Awesome idea! Not so sure I would grow cabbage though, maybe some tomatoes or carrots. Here's a video to help you make compost to help the plants grow http://tinyurl.com/o36xno
bossing076 years ago
here in Manila we have very limited space, your PVC pipe idea opened doors for opportunity. for 5 months now whenever i pass the stairs, i always see several PVC pipes above our roof, they are just there....useless however when i came across your idea i turned the pipes into something useful. like what u illustrated a plant box. i planted varities of vegtables!!! in no time i wont be needing to visit the market. ill just do the harvesting on my roof.
Be aware that if you live in a hot climate, you'll need to water a lot more often than regular "ground" gardens!
virlusun6 years ago
Hey, this is a great idea. I think I will try it with some dripping system or hydrophonics, but I like this idea much better than just hydrophonics.
thepelton6 years ago
Hmm, I like this idea. I live in a second floor apartment with a patio, and no available dirt area to grow stuff, and I want to supplement my diet. Not sure I would grow Chinese cabbage, though. (Bok choy?) Probably I would grow mustard greens. Mustard is fairly hardy, and doesn't need the absolute best soil to sprout.
lordrobin3k (author)  thepelton6 years ago
Nice, mustard greens seem to go well with this.
A trick I got from my Mother was that you can use fresh mustard greens in a sandwich where you might normally use yellow mustard spread or horseradish, such as in a meatloaf sandwich or a hamburger. Tastes great, and is healthier for you than yellow mustard spread.
sheratan6 years ago
Hello. Being a Kim Chi addict, I must say I was pleased to see your instructable. Thank you. I live in Thailand and I wanted to know a couple of things about how you grow your cabbage: Did you grow them from seed? Which Conditions are best suited for the cabbage (full sun?,...)? Thanks : )
lordrobin3k (author)  sheratan6 years ago
Hi, I did grow from the seed. I left the seeds in water around 1 or 2 days until the roots came out. then i grew it in a wet soil. and keep it not really direct to sunlight. You may grew your Cabbage under half shade/sun conditions. that's make your cabbage healthy. Thanks, -Robin
kcli6 years ago
Very nice job! I've been thinking about a similar project for my deck railing using gutter material but now believe the PVC pipe would be far sturdier and would allow deeper root growth...thanks!
regtech6 years ago
What size is the pipe?
lordrobin3k (author)  regtech6 years ago
you can choose the pipe size from 5 inchese or larger than this would be recommended
hmm, makes me wonder if a cut 3L soda bottle would loosely fit over the end? If so, you could then shrink it on with heat, and have a leak-proof version for an indoor/outdoor planter.
lordrobin3k (author)  ironsmiter6 years ago
you need to find the thick bottle that can easily fit at the end. you can do the shrinking with heat. for me i prefer this way, so it looked clean and you don't require more tools and time. Thanks, Robin