Two boys at home with me today – and a toasty day at that too!!
Yesterday the Grandparents took them on a trip to the “Falkirk Wheel”…..
“Lazy days” are a code in our home for days spent close to home, pottering about and taking things at a gentle pace. Days for late breakfasts, picnic lunches and “picky teas” ………………. days in fact where “outside shoes” never get pulled on and frequent breaks for Tom and Jerry and Mickey Mouse are enjoyed.
Not to say we didn’t do any work – we spent a happy hour or so in the garden turning my stash of milk bottles into more planters for our “Hanging Gardens”.
DIY Milk Jug Hanging Gardens
The wee red-headed one is getting a dab hand at marking the bottles with a pen and the Big Lad is an expert scissor wielder. I, on the other hand, was relegated to scooting around the garden finding handfuls of pebbles for drainage and was responsible for all things “compost”.
First round yourself up a bottle – as you can see mine are from my “Supermarket of Choice” – or at least “Supermarket of Budget” and they hold 2.272 litres each ……………… that’s 4 pints in old money
Depending on how your bottle is constructed you want to draw a curving line around it like this.
You want to retain as much structural integrity as possible so leave at least 1.5cm along the handle edge to keep the handle nice and strong – you will eventually hang the planter by this handle ……………… and leave at least half the height of the bottle as the base to plant in.
There – does that make it clearer?? Save the bit you have cut off though …… you can use it to make the next one exactly the same by drawing around it with a pen.
Just slot the cutaway over the next bottle – et voila!! Matching planters …….. let’s just accept that I am a control freak , OK!!!!
Punch a few drainage holes in the base of your bottle – I use a metal skewer and make about a dozen holes or so.
Pop a small handful of stones in the bottom of your planter and then top up the one litre line with some potting compost ……………
Then plant with your chosen plant – this is an Apple Mint that I was sent a few weeks ago that has been nurtured in my coldframe until a place was ready for it……………………… the rest were planted up with “living salad” from the supermarket (£1 planted up 12 planters), a coriander plant (69p and split into three) and a parsley plant split into four.
My planters are now sitting having a good drink whilst the sun is off them and my Dad will help me hang some rods at the weekend to pop them on the fence.
But ……………………………. if you want see how they look when they are established into a whole wall ……………… have a lookie!!!
I’d love to claim this was my garden – but these pictures were emailed to me today by one of our lovely ladies, Meshelle.
Look how many plants she has got crammed onto the otherwise wasted space along her wall. I can spot lettuce, chives, basil I think and some chard – but I bet you guys can spot even more variety.
A living green wall is so much nicer than a blank fence isn’t it??? Hope mine looks as lovely when its all finished (even if we are about a month behind everyone else because of the weather)
So who fancies channelling a bit of Biddie Baxter and getting busy “Blue Petering” yourself a vertical garden form recycled milk bottles? If you are going to be making cheese with me at the weekend you are going to be needing to use up some bottles after all.
Anyone else got a brilliant project they would like to share – I’d love to see!!!
Bravo Meshelle!!! – we think your garden is gorgeous!!