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How to make a Garden Tower

Gro Pocket system. How to build a GroPocket tower. from Murray Hallam on Vimeo.

American net pots are slightly larger than the Australian net pots, so a 2" diameter hole saw is recommended.

Making PVC pipe into Vertical Towers


Drilling Holes in PVC Pipe to make Vertical Towers 

The easiest way to build your GroPocket towers is to use the marking template and method demonstrated in the video above. However, the GroPocket itself can be used as an alignment and marking guide for the pipe.

With a pencil, mark the top and bottom of the pocket with a dash. Make a circular mark 2" down for the location of the pilot bit of a hole saw. 

Use the GroPocket again to line up the next Gropocket. Place the left or right hand side of the pocket even with the previous pocket and use the opposite side for marking. This will line up the next pocket rotated half-way from the 1st. 

Continue with this until your pipe is marked. 

Then, use a 2 inch hole saw to drill holes in the pipe. 

Apply PVC cement to both the GroPocket and the perimeter of the hole just drilled. There is a notch on the top of the GroPocket, indicating the center of the part. Place this notch over the dash you marked on your pipe for the top of the GroPocket. It is important to leave some pipe (at the bottom of the drilled hole) exposed at the bottom of the pocket. Otherwise, the irrigation water will follow the outside of the pocket rim (and drip down the outside of the pipe) because of surface tension.

To secure the GroPocket in place while the PVC glue dries, use nylon ties or masking tape. If you use tape, be sure not to cover the bottom of the GroPocket, since the tape may interfere with the next lower GroPocket. 
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