If you had chance to read my blog about my recent trip to ‘The Lost Gardens of Manchester’ exhibition at the Manchester City Art Gallery then you will be aware of how inspired I was to create something similar for myself. Well I’ve been busy over the last month & done just that. Here is the research & preparation I did. You will have to be patient & wait for my next blog to see the end result!
I started by reading up about container gardens in the below books-
Then I sowed some seeds-
The space I had to fill was small but following my usual visual merchandising principles I wanted to have a variety of heights with a mixture of materials & textures. I managed to source these from Leek Cattle Market-
I purchased some wooden pallets from Palletman, Mossley, then set about breaking them down with a claw hammer & making 4 container ‘sides’, attaching them with screws. By using surplus slats of wood as brackets, I attached the 4 sides together. I then used another pallet as a base using wooden batons & screws to attach it.
Using transparent polythene I lined the container so it will retain the compost & preserve the pallet from moisture.
I fitted this in around my usual work load so all in all it took me a week or two to construct but you could quite easily achieve this in a weekend if you worked solidly on it.
Keep an eye out for my next blog to see the end result…