Do it yourself… PLANTER
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.