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Amy Kelly

This year I got a bit carried away with my hanging baskets and ended up with two large baskets that I had no where to hang. I took the chains off and put them on thr ground, but the trailing plants looked a bit silly with nowhere to trail. My husband (former boy scout) suggested making tripods from wood scavanged from a local railway bank. I wasn't sure what to expect, but he came up with these amazing garden features that everyone who has seen them has fallen in love with.



 We are already talking about what we can do next year, and I would love to see what other clever ideas like this are out there.


Amy - no clever ideas to contribute (apart from using old tree trunks as rustic benches) - but love your tripods !

Stacey Docherty

 Ok I haven't built it yet but am almost there( this isn't mine!!! This is hampton court where I snaffled the idea) the pallet planter I'm going to fill mine with strawberries

Amy Kelly

Great Pallet Planter idea! I love that you could do it in so many colours and can use it to offset either vertical or horizontal lines. Good one! I hope you'll post pics when yours is done!

The potty gardener

Amy- I want one- no clever OH to knock such things up.

Stacey I have been looking at these planters. Just not sure of my ability to actually make one.

Have seen lovely idea where step ladder is used to put pots on in lovely layered effect. I even got a ladder but then can't find room for it



Use old ladders for climbers. Prop against a wall, 2 leant together for an arch lean against a tree. Looks brilliant 


pg- how about attaching the ladder to the wall/fence like a shelf- you could screw one side directly onto it and then attach brackets underneath onto the wall.  The spaces between the rungs would then be 'holders'  for a row of matching pots.  If you used hanging basket brackets you could hang something from those as well for a tiered effect. 


Amy, any chance of borrowing your OH for an hour.....

Amy Kelly

These are surprisingly easy to make. The trick was finding long, straight branches, then he made a tripod using garden twine and this knot technique:

It is basically putting three sticks next to each other, then weaving rope in and out around them, then you cross the two outer sticks over the middle one. Ta da!

Then he just added three more sticks in a triangle at the base to keep it steady. I am so impressed with them, we are thinking about different teirs and maybe hanging a basket down the middle as well next year.

I'm so proud of him! I'm not sure I could part with him for an hour, but jatnakapyar, here's a pic so you know what you're missing 


Stacey Docherty

Potty Gardner I spoke to the designer of the garden at Hampton court and its really easy to make. Just get a pallet and wood to close the bottom half and sides ensuring you drill drainage holes in it. Then back with heavy duty weed membrane stapled or nailed. To ensure it doesn't rip Nail x 3 bits of wood on the back. Then fill with soil and plant ....... I'm just waiting for Oh to bring a pallet home...... Or knock on the door of the house with 2 outside tomorrow!!!!!!( might be quicker)

Amy Kelly

This is slightly off topic, but I tried to grow wild flowers this year with very little success, and plenty of money wasted on seed mix that I just wan't happy with (my fault for buying the cheap stuff). Then today I visited the Bangor Castle Walled Garden (Britain in Bloom finalist) and they had several absolutely amazing wildflower displays that I still can't get over, and similar displays in beds and roundabouts through the town. I was able to speak to the staff and they told me that the seeds are just scatter-rake-water and done. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to mention brands, but they told me they the used "Moles Seeds" "sow to grow mixes", but they also have mixes for specific planting conditions. I can't wait to try this next year, cheap and huge impact!


 yep pallets is the way 



 again  use of pallets .cut in half . not in place yet . and will have a cenral batton all the way a long .and will be held in place at each end  by L brackets 


thank you bev .. we have plans to make a living wall with pallets as well 



thanks tea drinker .made some brackets this morning .got screws and nails . woodstain in the shed . total cost  pallets £5 . sundries £2.00 total £7.00

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