Friday, May 26, 2017

Plant Outside the Box Sponsored by Wayfair

I always jump at the chance to work with Wayfair, especially when they want me to create something fun. You may remember my meditation table last Fall so when they reached out about a planter challenge, I was game. Basically, I chose something that is NOT a planter and then turned it into one. Fun, right? I chose the Mikasa 3 Tier Metal Basket from their website and aimed to make my own herb garden with swinging baskets... I'm very pleased with the outcome!

So don't tell my husband but I totally did this inside. Let's just say that between the two of us, I am the mess maker. It's been gloomy and rainy in my neck of the woods and when you want to get stuff done, well, you just do it! I toddled between my sun room and the deck to create this three tier, swinging herb garden. The transformation is so super simple that I would recommend this to literally anyone. It took me less than an hour from putting the baskets together (very easy) to planting my herbs. When I was at the garden center picking up my herb plants (dill, basil, thyme, pineapple mint, spearmint, peppermint, rosemary and cilantro) and potting soil, I grabbed some natural fibered plant liners for inside the basket as well as some planter pads to keep them from heavy duty leaking after watering. I planned to have this piece outdoors and would make some changes if I ever decided to use it indoors.

After forming the liners inside the baskets, I planted my herbs while the baskets were hanging. Since they are at angle I wanted the plants to hang in a pretty way and in one in which I believe they'd be happy growing. I tiered them out and added some vinca vine for an aesthetic choice because FYI, I love vines and will use the every year no matter what. Isn't this basil swoon worthy?!

The baskets of this piece swing on little hooks and it's going to be really cool to see how these herbs grow out and down.  Since I added the planter pads, these will be able to have a little help with keeping moist. While this is admittedly an experiment, I have a really good feeling about this herb garden thriving over the course of this Summer. Who knows, I may be looking to bring it inside once Fall comes around, though like I said, we'd have to rethink the drainage as in there would be too much!

So an hour's worth of work and I've got myself quite the fancy looking herb garden with everything I'll need for my favorite Summer dishes, Fresh basil on caprese salads, cilantro in yummy guacamole, pineapple mint in refreshing mojitos... you get the picture! I can't wait until these plants grow bigger and the baskets really start filling out. After these May showers, there had better be some lush looking greenery on the other side of the gloomy days!

Have you ever created a planter out of something unexpected? I would love to see it!

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