The Urban Garden: Low-Cost Solutions from Ikea
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A friend who lives in an apartment with a single fern on the fire escape confided the other day she's getting desperate, desperate enough to turn a hanging shoe organizer into a vertical garden. Here's a better solution, courtesy of Ikea. Above: We spotted this clever way to repurpose Ikea cutlery pots—and S-hooks, and a shower rod—on Urban Gardens ; for a grand total of $24.94, you get an instant vertical garden. Above: The Fintorp Cutlery Caddy is made for hanging; it's $3.99, at Ikea. Above: The Ikea pail has a hole in the bottom for drainage. Plug it with a dab of silicone caulk. Insert a plant in a slightly smaller pot that has a hole and, voila, drainage but no leaks. Image via Urban Gardens . Above: For a similar look, use Bygel S-Hooks ($.99 for ten, at Ikea) and an Ore Shower Rod ($7.99 at Ikea). Above: The Fintorp caddy replaces a similar Ikea model with no hooks. To replicate this look, try suspending a row of Fintorp caddies from individual bars, using longer S-hooks. Image by Mannewaar, via Flickr. Above: A set of two Fintorp Handles is $7.99 from Ikea. Above: A 5-pack of Grundtal S-Hooks is $2.99 from Ikea. Above: If you want to grow heirloom cherry tomatoes from seed, consider Sungold ; the fruit is very sweet and matures in 85 days. A packet of seeds is $2.50 from Landreth. Image by Mannewaar , via Flickr.