Repurpose and Reuse odd items in your garden; a series…
Have an old laundry hamper that has seen better days? Found one looking lost and lonely on the curb? Just add soil and flowers to create the flower tower shown here!
Step One – Assemble a hamper and some flowers. You will need about a dozen and a half. Petunias and bacopas are used in this example, but nasturtiums, calibrachoa, geraniums, fuchsia, mandevilla, alyssum, lobelia or trailing geraniums are just a few others that would look equally spectacular. Choose flowers suitable for the amount of sun they will get in your particular location.
Step Two – Add potting soil to the bottom 15 cm (six inches) of the hamper.
Step Three – Depending on the hamper, you might need to make the openings bigger in order to fit the flowers through. Use scissors to make the space larger if needed.
Step Four – Remove plants from their pots, lay them on their sides and gently feed the top through the openings on the side of the hamper. Depending on how big the flower you are choosing gets, just one or two on each side per layer should be plenty. As described in the caption below, you can alternate the plants direction with every layer. Remember that trailing plants will easily fill in 30 cm (12 inches) of space or more.
Step Five: Continue topping with 15 cm (six inches) of potting soil per layer and alternating the direction the plants face until you reach the top of the hamper.
Step Six: When you reach the top put another four plants in each corner and ta-da! You’re all done! Well..almost done.
Step Seven: Water and fertilize as needed. And, of course, enjoy all that beauty knowing you have saved another piece of plastic from the landfill, while creating something gorgeous for the world to look at and an important nectar source for those hungry pollinators.
Watch for more unique ideas to come on reusing and repurposing items for your garden!