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Vertical Succulent Garden from Found Object

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Found Object transformed into Verticle Garden

Found Object transformed into Verticle Garden

During a walk home from Golden Gate Park, we found this odd little metal piece.  What was it used for?  Maybe it was for holding plastic bags, maybe a wine holder?  All I could think was that it would make an awesome succulent wall hanging.

Even though this is really a One of a Kind or prototype, you probably have enough stuff around your home / garage / garden to make something similar.  Get inspired.

MATERIALS:

  • Metal mesh (found this thing on a street corner)
  • Wooden board (piece of wood found on a street corner)
  • Cloth mesh
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Soil
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hemp rope
  • Succulent clippings
  • Hook to hang it

STEPS

  1. Gather up your materials.  I like to work on a work table out in the garden because it can be a little messy.

    Gather your materials

    Gather your materials

  2. I took the metal mesh (you could use chicken wire, etc) and put in a strip cloth mesh.  I used this red mesh because the holes in the metal mesh looked a little too big and the sphagnum moss may fall out too easy.
  3. Put a layer of sphagnum moss down and put a little soil inside…sort of like you are stuffing a burrito.  Actually, most succulents will grow fine in only sphagnum.

    Inside metal mesh, put lay of cloth mesh, sphagnum, then soil

    Inside metal mesh, put lay of cloth mesh, sphagnum, then soil

  4. Attach the metal mesh to the wooden board.  The piece of scrap wood I found on the street fit just perfect on the back to cover the opening.  I ended up stapling the red mess to the board on the back.
  5. Next I took some hemp rope (any rope should work) and tied it on both the top and bottom so that I had something to hang it onto the hook.  Reason I did both sides was so that I had the option to flip it.

    I tied some hemp rope to make a way to attach it to a hook on the wall

    I tied some hemp rope to make a way to attach it to a hook on the wall

  6. Now that you have the basic structure, time to make holes in the sphagnum to slide in the succulent cuttings.  Megan did not choose any specific plants.  She just went around the garden and found succulents that we have in abundance, and could use a little thinning out.

    I hung it up as a test run before putting in the succulents.

    I hung it up as a test run before putting in the succulents.

  7. After Megan was finished, we gave it a watering and let it sit flat for two weeks.  This allows roots to start forming which should keep the succulents in place once I hang it vertically.

    Lay it flat for 2 weeks so that succulents can start roots, and not fall out.

    Lay it flat for 2 weeks so that succulents can start roots, and not fall out.

  8. Find a place in your garden that needs some vertical flare.

    Repeat photo.  Final DYI Verticle Garden on the Cheap!

    Repeat photo. Final DYI Verticle Garden on the Cheap!

NOTES

San Francisco is a haven for finding cool found objects on street corners.  Our thought is that it is difficult to toss items in the trash.  We mean that literally.  If it does not fit in your city issued, tiny trash bin…the garbage man will not take it.  You are either stuck with it, paying a service to take it, or sneaking it curbside and/or putting a posting on Craigslist free section.  We would suggest keep your eyes peeled, and an open mind….you can find and make your own succulent container from found object.

– Matti Far Out Flora

7 Comments

  1. Great DIY vertical garden. Do you mind if I feature it on my vertical garden blog. http://www.lushe.com.au

    Lushe

  2. The Sword is awesome!!
    Check out The Poetic Eye http://gryphonsfeather.typepad.com/the_poetic_eye/2010/01/iphone-photo-friday.html
    by LK Ludwig. She has great stuff on photography. I have taken classes from her.

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