Do it your­self… PLANTER

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Re­cy­cle colan­ders into a hang­ing gar­den for culi­nary herbs

Colan­ders are ideal re­cep­ta­cles for grow­ing small herbs be­cause of their built-in drainage – so rather than toss­ing out old chipped or rusted colan­ders, put them to good use by mak­ing an eye-catch­ing hang­ing planter. All you need is one or more colan­ders, small herb plants (or other seedlings), pot­ting mix and two long lengths of rope. De­pend­ing on the size of the holes in the colan­der, you may wish to line it with weed mat be­fore be­gin­ning. A cof­fee fil­ter would also do the job although it could be more vis­i­ble once you’ve fin­ished.

DI­REC­TIONS Po­si­tion your plants in the colan­der and pack them with pot­ting mix so they are held firmly in place. Try to in­clude a mix of leaf shapes for tex­tu­ral in­ter­est, and place any trail­ing plants near the edge.

Take one of the lengths of rope and fold it in half to find the mid­dle. Loop it at this half­way point through one han­dle of the colan­der. Re­peat with the other length of rope on the other han­dle. If cre­at­ing a tiered planter, next loop the ends of each rope through the han­dles of the colan­der that will hang above. Tie the four rope ends to­gether into a se­cure knot and hang the planter on a hook. Ease and ad­just the ropes around the han­dles as nec­es­sary to make the colan­ders hang level.

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