After I wrote about the hanger my husband made to hold our upside-down strawberry planters, I got a request for a picture. Here it is:
The angle of the picture makes it look like the planter on the left is resting on the ground, but it isn’t. They’re both about eight inches off the ground. We were using a tree stake as the main support (it was about 5 or 6 feet long) and we wanted to pound it into the ground as far as possible. We decided that a short but very sturdy hanger was better than one that was taller but not as stable. This one is in the ground about three feet, so it’s not going anywhere.
Here’s a close up of the end, so you can see how he just welded a hook to the end of the rebar, which I thought was pretty clever:
We have some spray paint left over from another project, and we’ll paint this little structure soon. It was all made from scraps that we got for free, and took my husband about 20 minutes to put together. I saw a metal stand for holding upside-down tomato planters the other day, and it was $100. It looked a bit fancier than ours, but ours was free and is getting the job done. We have it in a sunny spot next to our house that is protected from the wind, and we’re hoping to get a nice crop of strawberries this summer. Fingers crossed!
Last night it got down into the 20s overnight, and I was concerned about the zucchini plants in one of our cold frames. I wasn’t sure how well the cold frame would protect them, so I boiled a big pot of water and set it inside the cold frame (with a lid) just before we went to bed. When we got up this morning, there was frost on the glass of the other cold frames (they have frost-hardy plants in them, so that’s ok) but the glass over the zucchini was nice and clear. And the plants look great. Hopefully I can continue to baby them for the next few weeks until we can take the glass off, and we’ll have a nice early zucchini crop this year.