Like LULR, you’ve probably read a load articles on ways to grow your own with limited or no outdoor space. But what if you have neither outdoor nor indoor space at your gardening disposal? What if windowsills in your flat are few and far between, and general surface space sparse?
See the Sky Planter. A truly eco invention that means you can defy nature and grow upside down, creating an alternative hanging green space in your home.
There are a range of upside down planters on the market, so we’ve put together a little guide to choosing the most eco-friendly, stylish products to suit your home.
Boskke Sky Planters
Boskke dominates the sky planter market. The New Zealand company specialises in creating gardening products designed for urban environments, and encourages greenery no matter where you live or work. The planters are designed by Patrick Morris, and the FAQ section on its website has really useful information on how to pot and look after a sky planter. Prices start at £24.95.
In collaboration with Boskke, Jaguarshoes Collective have created some mini ceramic planters for those who want a more colourful or artistic product. The brightly coloured illustrated designs are by Marcus Oakley, and the bird designs are by Arran Gregory. Prices start at £35.
Not technically hanging from the sky, but Woolly Pockets‘ living wall planters are of the same principle as sky planters – helping you grow in very confined spaces. These wall pockets are made of 100% recycled plastic bottles, allowing roots to breath but not to drip water. They’d be perfect as a kitchen herb garden. Full instructions on how to fit and use them are on the website, and they also sell indoor meadows. It’s a US company, but they deliver anywhere in the world. Prices start at about £30.
Make your own
If you’re feeling confident and can’t afford to splash out on a top of the range planter right now, you could always make you’re own. Now, I’m not feeling overly confident about tackling this particular craft project, but luckily I found someone who is. Have a read of this post on inspiring blog Design Sponge for step-by-step instructions on how to create your own upside down hanging garden.