Sunday, May 6, 2012

Think Outside the Box

Sometimes when you garden you get tired of the hum drum.  Plant in the ground, plant in a pot.  But when you look on the internet everyone is doing vertical gardening.  You want to do it too right?  So do you need to go find a frame at a garage sale?  Make your own frame?  What to do. What to do.  So one day you are gardening and you tell your husband your dilemma.  So he goes into the garage and within 5 minutes he comes out with this object and says, "Will this work?"  I almost fell over and crushed my echeverias with what  he brought out!  He brought out a hamburger BBQ grill cage that I got him for Father's Day one year and was never used!  Heck yea!  That will work like a charm.  What a smart guy he is!

Vertical gardening BBQ style

This is how I made it.  I opened up the cage.  Then in the larger part I laid sphagnum moss that I found by the sheet.  I made sure that it came up around the sides.  Then I filled it with my planting mix.  I use 1/2 cactus/palm mix and 1/2 dry stall.  Then I laid down another layer of sphagnum moss and put the grill back together and latched it down.  After this I got it soaking wet.  I already had bunches of cutting from my garden so I gathered a variety of the smallest.  I used a pencil and punched holes and inserted each cutting where I thought it would look good.  I even added some to the top and on each side.  Ta Da!  All done!

Succulent Hamburger BBQ grill

Here is a close up of the actual cage all planted!  I posted it on Facebook and it went viral.  How cool is that!  That husband of mine is a smarty pants.  And he has made me think outside the box.  I now have a couple of shish kabob BBQ cages that I am going to plant.  Oh by the way.  You can get this hamburger BBQ grill cage at Walmart for about $8.00 unless you have one already.  Just water it every few days till the cuttings root.  That may take about a month.  Then hang it anywhere you want and watch your friends be amazed.

So don't forget to think outside the box.  You will never know what you (or your genius husband) will come up with!  And of course remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


11 comments:

Joyful said...

Such beautiful little succulents.

Becc said...

Wow, thats gorgeous, well done, I want your husband!

danger garden said...

What a wonderful and practical idea....love it!

thebluemuse said...

Fan-tastic!! What a gorgeous arrangement and I love the "recycling"!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks everyone! It was really fun to make and I can't wait to watch it grow!

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

Very nice!

Spiky Obsession said...

A great idea for a vertical planter. They will look great once rooted and filled out.

Ricardo A. said...

Excellent work. the succulents in the cage are beautiful. Nice work.

Rohrerbot said...

You are an artist!!! That is so beautiful....I would love to have that somewhere public...the problem is that I think someone would steal it from our property! Nice work!

Pege said...

I love this! I think your smart husband has been watching you just long enough to know what it is you are seeking :)

Gerhard Bock (Bamboo, Succulents and More) said...

I love it too. Both this project and the inspiration to think creatively.