By Jane Milliman
It’s still a tad too early for tomatoes, but I’ve been craving some homegrown produce, so I put together an easy hanging garden of greens. To make this container garden, you need a colander, potting soil, mixed greens, weed cloth, a length of chain, 8-hooks, s-hooks, and a spring lock.
The copper-look colander is pretty, but I thought it could use a little color, so I added some nasturtium seeds to the mix. Nasturtium flowers are edible and make a festive addition to any salad.
I started by soaking the nasturtium seeds overnight. In the morning they were nice and plump, ready to be planted.
I attached two 8-hooks to each handle of the colander.
Determine how long you want your chain, and cut it into four equal lengths. If you don’t have the tools for this, a Lowe’s employee will be happy to do it for you. Attach the chain to the four 8-hooks.
Cut a section of weed barrier fabric 2 or 3 inches larger than the circumference of the colander. Weed barrier keeps the soil from falling through the holes but allows water to drain out. Don’t use plastic—that causes the plants’ roots to rot.
Fill the colander with moist soil. Plant your greens in a pleasing pattern, and tuck in the nasturtium seeds among them.
Connect the four chains with s-hooks and the spring lock, and your colander garden is ready to hang!
Lettuces don’t like a lot of bright light, so find a spot outside that gets about half a day of sun, preferably in the morning, or some dappled shade. Or, if you have good light in the kitchen, you can keep it there all year long. Remember—greens live and produce for a long time if you harvest consistently and don’t let flowers and seeds form. Enjoy!