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goodenoughal Mon 20-Mar-17 10:00:22

Hello everyone. On my street, we're talking about doing some spring planting and I was trying to find something like a balcony planter but with brackets/hangers wide enough to go over brick walls so that we can all have planters facing out of our front gardens on to the street.

I found brackets like in the picture and like this but I'd really like to find something easier and more colourful - a bit like this but with wider brackets to fit over brick walls.

Has anyone seen anything, got any ideas? Thanks!

shovetheholly Mon 20-Mar-17 11:01:52

I love the idea of approaching this communally!

I am wondering about these brackets. I suppose the thing on my mind is that you can get away with those smaller, plastic troughs for wall planting, but they do dry out quickly and they do need feeding. And for a lot of people, that's quite a lot of care. In other communal schemes, like Incredible Edible at Todmorden, they use planters built from wood that sit on the floor, where the soil can be a bit deeper = less watering and less feeding!

However, there could be all kinds of reasons why you can't do this I guess, in which case I wonder whether something you fasten directly onto the wall with a hand drill might be cheaper/sturdier??

goodenoughal Mon 20-Mar-17 12:42:56

Thanks, shove. I'd thought about wooden planters too, but I'm not sure we'd get away with them on the pavement. I figured wooden planters would be less prone to being knocked over or emptied by ne'er-do-wells (!) but unless we had council support (which we might get), I don't think we could do this. There's also something nice about having them at a bit of a height so visible from a distance. Hmmm.

The plan is to plant these during a street play session (we close our street for play once a month or so) so we might be able to get a few drills and people with drill skills out to get them up and attached.

We're also going to have a front garden sunflower growing competition I think!

shovetheholly Mon 20-Mar-17 13:14:11

Awww, street play! How lovely!

I'd worry a little about someone emptying or knocking them off if not drilled down! I know it sounds pessimistic, but my allotment is constantly getting broken into and vandalised for no reason at all- some people just seem to like breaking things. (Fortunately, I have hitherto escaped this, largely because I keep my shed door unlocked and don't store anything remotely valuable in there). Then there's the inevitable accident that occurs when a kid knocks a planter off and onto a friend's head... smile

It would be great if you could get council support and/or convince a timber merchant/person with a pile of stuff going spare on Freecycle to "donate" you some wood!

sunnyhills Mon 20-Mar-17 21:07:11

I think you will need to fix something to the walls .And I think most options will be pricey .But some cheap suggestions ???

something like this to stand plants on ?

Hope you get some funding ! Estate agents ?

sunnyhills Tue 21-Mar-17 07:08:07

Well the tyres are a bit impractical I think ,both for planting and fixing I imagine .Though I have seen some that are cut down....

sunnyhills Tue 21-Mar-17 07:16:31

If you had someone practical on your team I'm sure you could make brackets for troughs out of something like this
and cable ties might come into it somwhere smile

ok ,I'll be quiet now

goodenoughal Tue 21-Mar-17 08:06:08

Thank you sunnyhills! I really like the idea of the tyres actually and might explore it as an option grin

sunnyhills Tue 21-Mar-17 09:26:37

I'm not really sure ...I think they would be fun for the children but I also think they might be heavy, unwieldy and hard to work with .

I quite liked ones that have been wittled down ,but how would you cut a tyre ?

I wonder if you could use old mountain bike tyres ,motorbike tyres ,something smaller .

No ,no ,I must shut up !

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