Upside down, of course!
I’m finally sitting down with enough time ahead of me to show your our amazing hanging garden project.
We’re very excited to share this with you.
It started out as a pile of wood.
It actually started out as a pile of treated wood, but before we’d paid for it we realized that my hands were swelling up and my throat was closing and my newly discovered allergy to treated wood made a decision for us.
But I digress.
Then Steve did some complicated math and Liz used her amazing calculator skills, and we figured out where the boards needed to be cut.
Steve is awfully handy to have around, wouldn’t you say? I’m not so great with math. Maybe because I haven’t taken a math class since 8th grade.
Then you cut the wood at the specified length and angles.
Can you believe my camera took this shot on easy mode? That saw blade was cutting that board like butter, spinning at least 100,000 rpms (estimated), and my camera caught it as if it was dead.
I love when photography works.
Then you screw your boards together, breaking several drill bits in the process, until you have shaped it into something like this:
Make another one of these, then use your long boards to attach them together at the 4 corners.
Then we have our frame! At this point, Steve then screwed on some wheels, because we plan on moving our portable garden around a lot.
Then we painted the wood and Steve drilled in some long bolt hooks from which we could hang our buckets.
Don’t you love Steve’s ingenuity?
I’m specifically referring to his use of the outdoor fireplace as a step stool.
And I’m painting in this picture, not crawling.
Hiding my bum from the camera is actually exactly what I’m doing in this picture.
When it came time to screw holes in the buckets Remus wanted to help.
She wasn’t much help.
This is the way the hole in your bucket should look.
This is when you start crying because the lovely green buckets you found at the dollar store work really well but they ran out so you bought some expensive bright red buckets and they crack when you try and cut a hole in them so you have to go to your local Ace hardware and buy some equally expensive and boring tiny white buckets.
I’m only a little worried about the tiny-ness of the white buckets.
But I digress.
Feed the top of your plant into the hole, being careful not to damage the leaves.
Leave at least 1/3 of your plant inside the bucket. 2/3 is better. Pretend they are roots. Because someday soon, they will be. And you’ll be happy.
Make sure to put in some newspaper at this point, so you don’t lose your dirt through the hole.
Hold your plant up a bit, because your going to need to put dirt underneath it.
Remember what I said about putting dirt underneath it?
It was just a second ago.
Do this now.
And make sure to use your mom’s good Pyrex measuring cups and post incriminating pictures of your selves on the Internet.
Then just fill ‘er up! Wet your soil, hang your bucket on the hook, and step back to enjoy your handiwork.
(Would anyone out there like to teach me how to spell ‘wa la’? That doesn’t look right and ta da at the end of each post is getting redundant.)
Isn’t she beautiful?
Can’t you just taste the tomatoes already?
P.S. We planted strawberries and jalapeno pepper plants in the tops of our buckets. Herbs would also work well.
I hope they grow soon so I can show you.