DIY Hanging String Gardens

DIY Hanging String Gardens

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Michelle Chin
Aug 24, 2011

String gardens have been written about on Re-Nest before, here and here, but what about growing edible food this way? Herbs, fruit, vegetables...seems that the sky is literally the limit with these gorgeous little hanging plant bundles.

These beautifully photographed lemons and pineapples from String Gardens show the amazing possibilities with growing fruit in this manner. Their plants are definitely aspirational, but what about all the rest of us who maybe don't have quite as green a thumb?

Not to assume that Beth Wilson Norwood from the Craftster bulletin boards doesn't have as much planting prowess as the folks at String Gardens, but since these are her first experiments, I thought it would level the playing field and not feel quite as daunting to those itching to try this out. She decided to DIY an string herb garden by taking damp clay soil and forming it into a ball, adding seeds, wrapping it in moss and string and hanging in a sunny spot. To ensure they were getting plenty of sun, she even created her own frame to hang them on out of found bamboo stalks. The photo below is of the very first sprouts!

Have you been inspired to try to DIY your own string garden? Share with us your successes (or failures).

Further reading: Craftster: What the hell is that!? First attempt at a string garden and String Gardens

(Images: String Gardens, craftster/beth norton wilson)

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