In addition to making seed tape for my veggie garden this weekend, I was eager to try out Organic Gardening's idea to make a "salad ball" out of coir-lined hanging planters. Lettuce and herbs hanging on the back porch, not taking up garden space? Sign me up!
Everything went fine, until it was time to actually lift the thing and I realized that it would rip out any hook I could possibly anchor into the top of my porch.
Advice, ideas, thoughts? We have a plan for what to try next, but welcome your suggestions as well.
Here's how far we got:
1. Detach the hanging chains from 2 identical coir-lined hanging baskets:
2. Fill with pre-moistened potting mix, making sure each half is very full:
3. Place a sturdy piece of cardboard or other paper (I used a thick paper bag) over one of the filled baskets. Holding the cardboard against the soil, flip it onto the other basket (this reminded me of turning a cake out a pan):
4. Carefully remove the paper/cardboard. Secure the two half-spheres together with either sturdy wire (as the magazine suggests) or with garden ties (as I did). I wound up with a sphere that looked like a cross between a medieval weapon and a science fair entry....
5. Reattach hanging chains to the bottom basket and hang. Here's where the problem came up: our ball weighed in at around 20 pounds! My husband tried in vain to commandeer a plastic tomato cage for the purpose, but that didn't do the trick:
We're currently devising a solution that either involves a thick wooden post with an iron arm/hook attached, or some kind of in-the-ceiling-of-the-porch option that won't easily strip. While we continue to mull, please chime in with your ideas!