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Astar's Craft - Wall Hanging Herb Planter - 13 Mar

Wall Hanging Herb Planter

If you don't have much room for a garden or you live in an apartment and space is limited, and you would like to grow a few herbs or flowers, then as long as you have a wall which faces a bit of sun, then today's projects might solve all your problems.

At our house we live on the second level, which means that if I want herbs or garnish type plants from the garden, then I have to go downstairs, which is all a bit bothersome when I'm in a hurry. 

Fortunately we have lots of exterior walls which means that today's project will make life much easier. I can use one of the walls to hang my pocketed weed mat planter.

Things to gather -

Shade cloth - (available from hardware stores)once you have worked out how big you want your hanger to be, you need this much cloth, doubled plus an extra couple of meters.  A roll of this cloth isn't that expensive, so go all out and buy surplus and make several, as they make for wonderful gifts.

Sewing machine and matching heavy thread

2 pieces of 5cm x 2.5cm wood cut to about 2.5cm longer each end, top and bottom, than completed project width. 

2 cup hooks

Bracket for installation on exterior wall or if hanging onto a concrete wall, you will need concrete nails. 

Heavy metal chain cut to desired drop or hanging length.  Determine this drop measurement before buying chain and have shop attendant cut chain.

Note - all materials being used can be purchased at local hardware stores like Placemakers and Mitre 10.

Potting soil along with selection of herbs or flowering plants.

Method -

My completed unit is a little over a metre wide and long and has 2 rows each containing 3 opening cavities for plants.

Take the shade cloth and establish how long and how wide you want wall planter to be. 

Double this measurement, then fold cloth in half - longways.

Stitch to close across open seam. Turn work inside out, so that this seam is hidden inside hanger.

Measure down 7.5cm top and bottom, and stitch across.  This forms the casing in which the wooden stick will be inserted.  

Take another piece of fabric the width of main body of hanger plus an extra inch both ends, then measure down about 22cm.  

Basically the depth of hanger will depend on how many plant row cavities you can have.

For mine of a metre square, I can have 2 rows of pockets with each row able to easily hold 3 good sized plant cavities.

You need a gap/space from top baton to first pocket placement of about 15cm, then from the next placement a gap of another 15cm etc.

So with the width measurement + an inch each end for hem turn over, the depth of each plant cavity need to be around 15cm.  Take this measurement, plus an extra inch once again for hem allowance.

Turn over all hem allowances to what will be the back or underneath of work and stitch to close.

As indicated above come down a good 15cm from top baton and with  top pocket right sides facing, pin this to right side of main body of planter.

Pin to hold in position then stitch down left side, across base, then up the right side.

Come down a further 15cm or 20cm and repeat process with second pocket placement etc.

Once all pockets have been stitched into position, divide these long open pockets into even sections - vertically.

Mark, then stitch to form small opening pockets.

Insert top and bottom batons.

On the top baton, make a small hole with a nail, then screw in cup hook about 2.5cm in from both ends.

Fix metal chains onto cup hooks.

Fix bracket or a nail to wall, and then hang planter.

Fill each cavity with potting soil, along with a single plant into each pocket.

Water plants from the top.  Excess water will run down into bottom plants.