So there used to be a really awesome thrift store in my area that closed late last year. It was an awesome place for a junk scrounge like myself; lots of material with potential and usually very reasonably priced -especially when you like to make stuff out of things no-one wants to use anymore!
I amassed several funky old Bundt cake pans so that I could turn them in to hanging pots for herbs. Because really, have you ever made any food in one of those pans? The novelty wears off reallllly quick, trust me. But look how lovely the bottoms are! How else can you get a good look at them unless you hang them? Thus, the herb pots were born!
The raw materials...
8 cups of funky fresh herbs! (Well, 8 cups of dirt, technically, but that's not as appealing
Because the pans are usually quite small, you'll want to use compact varieties of herbs and keep them out of all-day sun. Mine are hanging from the porch roof and only get about four-five hours of direct sun a day. Be sure to keep an eye on watering too, as the smaller containers will dry out quicker. The herbs seem to like the conditions though, and I actually haven't had any of the fungus problems I frequently get in my non-hanging potted plants. I planted this pot last October and the bushier Thymes have nearly doubled in size -the very flat one is still nicely compact- and they are all doing great!
Here's a simple version of how to make one of these funky pots -if you make one of your own please post a pic, I'd love to see the variety!
[July 2, 2009: added two new pics!]
Here is the second pot I made about two months ago. It is a "tin" pan, so it has rusted, but I like it that way!
But how wonderful is that bottom? This pot is hanging high so I can see the pattern when I pass by...
And yes, I haven't been very good about pruning the oregano so it's very leggy instead of bushy. Oh well!
And here is a shot of the assembly. Note that for this particular pan I used two washers -a large one to fit the hole in the pan, and a smaller one to cover the large hole in the large washer. Large washers don't always have the right size inner hole, and sometimes it's more trouble than it's worth to drill it -hence, the double washer approach!