Friday, June 1, 2012

Recycled Mason Jar and Palette Planters

I caught this idea in passing on pinterest...looked easy in theory, then again practice makes perfect.
  1. add a drainage hole: with a glass/tile bit, drill a hole into the bottom of the jar - careful - the bit and jar get HOT, and may shatter under too much pressure (this takes about 30 minutes)
  2. take apart the wooden loading palette. 
  3. attach large enough hose clamps to a length of the separated palette wood with 2 screws.
  4. wrap 2 to 3 layers of electrical tape around the area of the jar to be clamped - this protects the glass from shattering as the metal flexes with the changing outside weather conditions.
  5. place jar into the clamp and tighten it.
  6. wrap a wire around the top of the jar and attach it to a screw on the back of the plank.
  7. replace the lid ring  (if your jar has one).
  8. mount wood plank in a sunny area.
  9. add river rock to the bottom of the jar to allow for water drainage - fill with potting soil.
  10. plant something... 
I made 6 thus far - 3 jars per wood plank - each growing a different herb...

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