Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kitchen Garden

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm moving my herb garden. My poor herbs weren't getting enough light in the wall garden, sadly. I was upset about it, of course, but sometimes experiments don't go as planned! I'm hopeful that my next idea will be more successful.

And on to the new idea! You'll notice that in this picture of my kitchen, you can see there is a window with no curtains.
Slightly outdated photo - the microwave is gone now!

I've been debating for a while on what I should do with the window. At first I thought I would buy a curtain to match the kitchen color scheme. I even had my dad hang the curtain rod when I moved in, just in case I wanted to get a curtain. It's been well over a year since he did that and still no curtain. As these things normally go, an idea struck me as I was browsing various DIY and design websites: create a hanging window garden using rods and attachable hanging pots!
Via RyE McE on Pinterest
What a fantastic idea, and it seems pretty straightforward as well! All I need to do is get the right equipment and hang another rod or two across the window. I think this will work because I don't close the blinds, so they can remain open and allow sun to hit the herbs full-on for a good 6-7 hours a day. Plus, the blinds are hidden away by the window sill, meaning they won't get in the way of hanging anything across the framing. This window also does not serve as any sort of fire escape, so I'm not violating code by hang a few bars over it. The windows in the next room function the same way and if push comes to shove I could crawl out those (wow, let's hope I never have to do that!).

Here's some of the equipment that can make this happen, all part of the Fintorp series at Ikea.

I'm planning an Ikea trip this weekend, so I could possibly have this done in a week's time! My one concern is that the bars won't be long enough to stretch across my window. I'll have to take measurements. But even if they don't work, I like this idea enough that I'll find a way to make it work! Wish me luck!


  1. Tucking this idea away for Japan!

    1. Woo hoo! This weekend I'm going to buy the plants and begin the experiment. I've been a bad blogger lately!