the hanging gardens of Brancepeth

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I cannot take credit for these.  I first saw them on a friend’s blog, it wasn’t her idea either!  But now I pass them on to you, let there be hanging gardens around the world.

Quick diversion, anyone reading this who went to a PNEU school will have had a class called From Ur to Rome.  It was based on a book of the same name and was tolerably interesting.  However, the sections on the ziggurats and on the hanging gardens of Babylon transfixed me.  I was frequently in trouble for flicking back to them and thus having no idea what the rest of the class was discussing!

You will need LOTS of plastic milk bottles (2l) or detergent bottles (the bulk 3l ones).  Unless you are a family of 20 who each drink a litre of milk a day collecting these will be the hardest part.  You need to raid your friends’ recycling bins.

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Place the bottle in front of you sideways on with the handle on the left then cut out a square shape from the opening at the top down about 4-6 inches depending on the size of your bottle.  Next attach some two by two to your chosen wall.  The number you will need will depend on how long you plan on making your garden.  You will need a new support every 3ft or so.

Now insert a large round hook in each support.  Thread the appropriate length of dowling through the handle of each milk bottle, rest the dowling in the hook and hey presto your very own hanging garden.

We have planted salad greens, summer herbs, carrots, strawberries, nasturtiums

 

 

4 thoughts on “the hanging gardens of Brancepeth

  1. Great first post! What a fab idea. I always mean to grow more things we can use. I have dreams of herb gardens and a veg patch but I’d kill everything within a week

    Cat x

    • Thank you. I’m much better with the garden than with house plants though! Not quite my first post, I’ve been blogging for over 10 years and had this one for some 3 years but my first post on the NE Bloggers page!

  2. Yay!!! Absolutely love this idea Gillie (not hard to believe that I love this). Also a great way to get little kids involved in gardening. I’m looking into something similar at the moment for my fence.

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