Spring is here! Or so the weather man is promising… To top it all off, it’s also Earth Day. So, to celebrate, I’m trying out a garden project!
These instructions are for an apartment patio about eight feet high. Depending on knots and height of your space, these measurements may need to be adjusted. As an advanced disclaimer: you’ll probably want to check with your rental company or landlord to be sure this garden project is allowed.
Also: you’ll probably notice that these pictures are way better than the ones I usually take. There’s a good reason for that… I didn’t take them! These photos were all done by C. Abrams Photography. Even cooler, another version of this project will be in the May/June edition of Fargo’s Design & Living Magazine. So pick it up and check it out!
This project is pinned here. And pictures of the original project are here.
What you will need:
- 50 feet of 1/4 inch nylon rope
- Large, heavy flower pot
- 2 or 3 woven baskets – baskets with wire or other sturdy frame should work best
- 3/4 inch washers – 6-8 total (two for each basket used, plus two for the top to anchor)
- Plastic shopping bags
- Small zip ties
- 2 large screw hooks (or other similar hardware)
- Duct tape
You’ll also need a good pair of scissors, and probably a drill.
What to do:
First, cut the rope in half, making two 25-foot sections. Wrap the cut ends in duct tape to prevent unraveling.
Tie a looped knot in the center of each length of rope.
Step one: make a loop about two inches from the center. Two: twist the first loop under itself to make a figure-eight. Three: bring the top of the loop through the bottom of the figure-eight. Four: pull the top to tighten.
Make sure you have a loop below the knot. Like this.
Take one section of rope and bring the ends through the small loop to form a larger circle. Place the rope circle around the flower pot, and pull to tighten. Repeat with the other rope. Arrange the knots so they are opposite from each other. The pot will act as an anchor for your garden.This way, it won’t be dumped and destroyed whenever the wind picks up.
About two feet above the flower pot, tie a knot around one of the washers. Do one knot with each rope. Repeat at the same height on the other side. (In other words, you will have four knots on this “level.”)
Pull the rope through openings (bottom and handles) in the largest basket. This will be your first basket “layer.” Try to evenly space where you weave in the rope.
Bring the rope up through the bottom of the basket and wrap through the side (or a handle). This will add some extra stability.
Now, work the basket down so it sits evenly on the washers. Adjust the knots around the washers as needed to make it stay level.
Repeat tying knots around the washers about one foot above the first basket. You can add as many baskets as you’d like: just be sure you can reach the baskets when hung at full height.
Also, if your baskets are grouped too closely, the plants might not get enough sunlight and die. In other words: more space is a good thing.
Line the baskets with plastic bags and secure with zip ties. This will keep your dirt in the basket, where it belongs. Layer bags, if needed, to get the best coverage.
Install the screw hooks (or other hardware) on your patio space. Have them spaced as far apart as the top basket is wide.
Once all baskets are strung on the rope; double knot a washer at the top of each set of ropes. Hang the washers from the hooks. Again, adjust the knots as needed so everything hangs evenly.
When satisfied, wrap duct tape around the knots, leaving the center hole of the washer open.
Now, you’re finally ready to fill the baskets with dirt and start your garden.
I can’t wait to get some veggies and strawberries growing in this garden. Of course, it’s still too cold to plant anything just yet.
Really try to find some sturdy baskets – something with a wire frame – or find another way to keep the baskets sturdy. Once everything is filled up with dirt, it gets really heavy. A flimsy basket won’t last for long.
Well, are you going to give this hanging garden a try? Have you ever tried growing your own veggies? Would anyone be interested in a little gardening tutorial? Feel free to leave me a comment with your questions or feedback!