Intro: Hanging Gardens NOT of Babylon
Who doesn’t love fresh grown herbs or lovely green plants?
Nobody! That’s who!
“Sure, JokerDAS, I do love me some lovely green plants, but I live in an apartment! Just how do you expect me to have a garden?” you ask.
Well, let me answer your question with a question of my own… do you have a window?
Alright, then you can grow plants in your window.
“But it’s not the kind of windows that can have a window box.” You reply.
Have you considered a hanging garden?
“Like that AWESOME structure in Babylon?”
Well, no, not the mythical Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but a small scale garden that can hang in a window!
"But I have seen hanging planters before! They nice and all, but I can't add hooks to my ceiling!"
That is the beauty of this hanging garden! No hooks! No holes! Portable and customizable to any number of plants!
This is how I made a hanging garden for my window out of materials I already had!
Step 1: Stuff, Stuff and More Stuff!
Here is the stuff I used to make my hanging garden:
- Empty plastic soda bottles. I used 6
- A spring tension shower curtain rod
- String – Approximately 25 feet
- Seedlings or seeds
- Paper clips – I used 12
- Exacto knife
- Wire cutter
- Hand held hole-puncher
Step 2: Glástra (Greek for Flower Pot)
- Peel the labels from the bottles.
- Wash them out.
- With the marker, make a small mark at approximately the middle of the bottle.
- At the opposite side of the bottle make another small mark at the same location.
- Rotate the bottle a quarter turn.
- Make a mark between the two previous marks, but this time, make it about 1 inch further up the bottle than the other two.
- Make the final mark exactly opposite the third mark.
- Again, with the marker, connect the lines with sweeping curves.
- With the knife, CAREFULLY cut into the bottle at the line.
- With the scissors, cut along the curving line.
- This will separate the bottle into two seedling bottle-pot-a-ma-jigs.
- The purpose of the sweeping edges is so there is something to attach the bottle-pot-a-ma-jigs to.
- With the hole-punch, pop a hole in the center of the up-sweep edges of each bottle-pot-a-ma-jig.
- Repeat for all the bottles.
Step 3: Ankistro (Greek for Hook)
Well, you have 12 bottle-pot-a-ma-jigs, now you have to make the hanger-thangers.
- Start with a paper clip.
- Straighten it out.
- With the wire cutters, cut it in half.
- With the needle nose pliers, make a very small ring at one end of each half of the wire.
- Repeat until you have enough for each bottle-pot-a-ma-jig.
Step 4: Seirá (Greek for String)
- Measure out 48 inches of string.
- Tie one hanger-thanger to each end of the string.
- Lay out the stringy-thingy into a long “U” shape.
- Make sure both sides are the same length.
- Lay one bottle-pot-a-ma-jig at the end with the hanger-thangers.
- Lay another bottle-pot-a-ma-jig about halfway up the length of the stringy-thingy.
- Tie another set of hanger-thangers at this point along the stringy-thingy.
- Repeat 3 more times.
- Measure out 36 inches of string. These will be the offset stringy-thingies.
- Tie one hanger-thanger to each end of the string.
- Repeat 2 more times
You now have 7 stringy-thingies with a total of 11 hanger-thangers.
"But JokerDAS, why only 11 hanger-thangers, when we have 12 bottle-pot-a-ma-jigs?" You inquire.
Two reasons: One, the off-set style of my hanging garden only required 11 bottle-pot-a-ma-jigs. Two, the lonely remaining bottle-pot-a-ma-jig makes a super-duper scooper to add soil to the hanging bottle-pot-a-ma-jigs without making a mess!
Step 5: Rávdos (Greek for Rod)
- Place the spring loaded curtain rod on the inside window area against the walls or window frame. Make sure it is tight enough to stay in place.
- Take one of the long stringy-thingies, and fold it in half.
- At the folded end, loop it over the rod-a-ma-whatsis. Leave enough space in the loop to pull the two ends of the stringy-thingy back through securing it to the rod-a-ma-whatsis. Try to make each side of the stringy-thingy the same length so the hanger-thangers are at the same points.
- Next, take a shorter stringy-thingy and loop it around just like the first stringy-thingy.
- Repeat this alternating between long stringy-thingies and short stringy-thingies, until all stringy-thingies are used.
Step 6: Add the Bottle-Pot-A-Ma-Jigs
This is where you hang the bottle-pot-a-ma-jigs on the hanger-thangers that are tied to the stringy-thingies looped over the rod-a-ma-whatsis.
Following so far? Good!
- Feed one of the wire hanger-thanger through a punched hole on one of the bottle-pot-a-ma-jigs.
- Bend the wire to hold the bottle-pot-a-ma-jig in place.
- Repeat with the corresponding hanger-thanger on the other end of the stringy-thingy. Your bottle-pot-a-ma-jig is now hanging. (You may need to adjust your stringy-thingies to make the bottle-pot-a-ma-jig level.)
- Repeat for the remaining 10 bottle-pot-a-ma-jigs.
Step 7: Edafos (Greek for Soil)
Carefully add some of the potting soil to each of the bottle-pot-a-ma-jigs.
If you are planting herbs from seeds, then you can fill each bottle-pot-a-ma-jig to the top, otherwise, leave enough space to add your seedlings.
Water as needed and watch it grow!
There you have it!
A super-low cost, hanging herb, flower, (or for your wild ones, BOTH) garden for almost a dozen little plants. It takes up very little space and is easy to move around and easy to water. If by chance you over water some of the bottle-pot-a-ma-jigs, you can just unscrew the lid from the bottom and the excess water can drip into the bottle-pot-a-ma-jig beneath it!
Alternately, this makes a great project for young’uns! Particularly, classrooms teaching the plant life cycle!
I hope you enjoyed this.
And as always, thank you for checking out my Instructable!