A quick note before the post: I want to do a blog post featuring a gallery of pictures of people at work. If you have a free minute in the next few days, take a picture of yourself at work (however you define that). It can be a simple picture from your computer’s camera/a mobile device or you can stage an elaborate portrait of you fixing your roof or discovering the cure for cancer. Possibilities = endless. Then email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come on, it’ll be fun! And now, on to the hanging garden…
A few weeks ago a friend sent me a link to this post about “string gardens” on Curbly. I cannot tell you what a crush I have on these hanging plants. They look magical and otherworldy, like something you would find if you stumbled upon a pixie’s bedroom in the woods or something or happened upon the backyard of a really cute Martian. I’ve been really into gardening lately, and into making our porch and backyard as much like an outdoor living room as possible. As I worked on the backyard this week, those string gardens kept popping into my head so I finally decided to try and replicate them myself. I’m happy with how they turned out, though I’ll be curious to see how long they last… Fingers crossed it’ll be for awhile. I’m smitten.
Coconut Husk Hanging Plants
The first method used a planter liner made from coconut husks. It’s biodegradable, holds soil in and allows for drainage. I found it at a garden store and cut it into smaller pieces. One liner for a large planter provided enough liner for six hanging plants and cost about $24.00.
First I cut out a piece of the liner and loosely fitted it around the plant. Then I stitched it to fit it around the plant using a thick needle. I wasn’t concerned with making the stitches particularly neat since they’d hardly show.
Next I tied a piece of twine around the middle of the planter liner and then wrapped twine (rather unscientifically) around the entire bottom of the plant to form a round base. Next I tied twine to the top of the base to hang the plant.
For the second method I used potted moss. For these planters, I took two moss plants and removed a good bit of the soil from the bottom of each and then sandwiched them together.
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most photos by Shawn Poynter.