When the heat’s on outside, take gardening inside with these three DIY projects.
Whether as a gift or just because, try these fun projects ranging in difficulty from easy to moderate.
1. DIY Hanging Plants Kokedama Style
This Japanese-style hanging garden is literally a ball of moss hanging on string. It’s easy, takes less than an hour and no skills are needed. Anyone can make this.
- Blend. Create a mixture of 2/3 potting soil and 1/3 garden soil and blend with a handful of sphagnum moss in a large bowl or container.
- Mix. To make the moss balls, wear gardening gloves and mix the soil well with your hands.
- Pour. Pour water into the soil mixture so it sticks together. Form grapefruit-sized balls. Squeeze out excess water.
- Soak. Using more water and a bowl, soak the moss and then squeeze out the excess. Place moss aside.
- Insert. When the soil balls dry in 20 minutes, use your thumbs and gently work open the middle of the balls. Shake off the excess dirt around the roots of each plant and place them inside the soil balls. Reshape the soil balls.
- Wrap. Take your plants and wrap the water-soaked sheet moss around the root balls of the plants.
- Secure. Wrap floral wire around the moss balls and secure. Wrap twine around the neck of the moss balls and tie. Use another piece of twine to hang each plant to desired length.
Your hanging plants will look beautiful suspended in mid-air. Try using houseplants such as bromeliads, pothos, philodendron, anthurium or fern. Because succulents prefer dry environments, these do not work well for kokedama.
Take care of your kokedama by following the watering guidelines for each type of plant. When they do need watering, soak the moss balls in water for five to 10 minutes, then set aside to let dry so it won’t drip when you hang it up again.
Take caution with bromeliads. Bromeliads prefer well-drained soil so place water only in the leaf cups and mist often.
This vertical garden project isn’t overly complicated and it looks beautiful hanging from a porch or balcony.
The project uses three metal buckets and drought tolerant annual flowers and perennial foliage so you can change the flowers with the seasons. In the buckets, the heat hardy annual Gazania with its striped flowers stand out against spilling evergreen perennial creeping myrtle. Low-growing perennial stonecrop sedum spills out of the middle bucket.
Read on for instructions.
- Drill. Using a drill with a 1/2-inch drill bit, make six to eight drainage holes in the bottom of three buckets. In two of the buckets, drill holes in the exact center for the rope.
- Tie. Take a pair of scissors and cut two pieces of sisal rope at a length of five inches each. Now feed the rope pieces through the middle holes in the bottom inside of two buckets and tie knots to secure.
- Fill. Tear off a piece of foil, fold it and place over the tied rope pieces in two of the buckets. Now, using a soil scoop or hand trowel, fill each bucket with potting soil.
- Plant. Arrange your flowers and foliage and plant them in the buckets.
- Attach. Now you’ll hang the top bucket on a hook and beneath it, take the hanging rope and tie it to the handle of the next bucket. Do the same for the third bucket.
3. Repurpose a chandelier for a hanging succulent garden
Make a hanging succulent garden from an old chandelier. This is a fun project for repurposing a chandelier. Instead of discarding the lampshades, flip them over, cut off the shades and reuse them as flowerpots for the succulents. Just add coir.
Find out more on how to create the hanging succulent garden from a chandelier.