How to Create your own DIY Lettuce Hanger
Since we got chickens our vegetable garden has been looking less than full and while it is winter here lettuce still grows well.
We eat a lot of lettuce which we prefer to grow ourselves than buy. It’s fresher, crips and always available.
Lettuce is one of those plants that is super easy to grow and can even be grown from the roots of one you buy in store.
Otherwise, it grows fairly fast from seed.
With so many varieties you can have an incredible salad mix growing easily in your own backyard or on your balcony.
Numerous varieties of lettuce are available year round and you can pick the leaves while leaving the plant to continue producing more.
Because it is such versatile and easy plant, we have always tried to grow it and decided to try a DIY lettuce hanger to free up space too.
DIY Vertical Lettuce Planter
My hubby and 7yr old worked out an easy PVC pipe hanging planter that holds 36 lettuce.
It’s vertical so provides ample lettuce without taking up a lot of space.
With 4 kids, the more food we can produce in a small space, the better.
What You Need
PVC Cap ends
Drill and cutting tool
What To Do
Figure out where you are going to hang it and how big you are going to make it.
It can be as small or large as you want. Ours is hanging between windows so we made it a bit smaller than the gap.
Measure the space then your pipe.
Cut your pipe to size and use the drill and cutting tool to make large circles where your plants will go.
Next drill holes in either end for the rope to thread through, then start threading your rope.
You will need to tie a knot at each hole to space the pipes and hold them apart.
Hubby tied the knots inside the tube so it looks neater but it’s easier to tie the knots on the outside.
Glue or screw a cap on one end and tape up the holes you just cut.
Stand your tubes on the cap end and fill them with dirt.
Put the other cap on but make sure at least one of your caps is removable so you can change the dirt as needed.
Hang the planter from something strong.
We screwed brackets into the wall and tied our planter on.
Remove tape from the holes and plant your lettuce.
Give the plants a good water and you’re done.
What Can You Grow
Lettuce is the obvious choice since it is what we chose to grow but this style planter can be used for numerous plants including rocket, herbs, strawberries and similar.
Anything that is relatively light and continues to grow will work well.
Think about what you cook with or eat a lot and what is light to grow here.
You might also want to check out 9 things to grow in your garden to save money.
Do you have a garden? How do you grow your lettuce?
Author: Rachael Puric
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