After doing so much renovation work on our house, there’s quite a few bits and pieces sitting around that didn’t get used. A couple of windows, two sinks (yes, two sinks–don’t ask), and a gable vent. What’s a gable vent, you ask?
That’s a gable vent. It’s supposed to vent our attic. But we thought–eh, no thanks, vents are overrated. (JUST KIDDING–we wound up using a different vent than this one). The second it went in the ‘leftovers’ pile, I knew I wanted to plant it–just look at it!!! It’s begging to be planted.
The first thing I decided to do was remove the flanged edges, because they are a little sharp and added an unnecessary element of mortal danger for a planter. In my opinion. They are just spot-welded on in a couple of places and with a flathead screwdriver and hammer, it’s pretty easy to pop those suckers off. And gloves. Wear gloves. Sharp edges.
The edgeless vent looks much cleaner….
….and much less finger-cutty.
At this point, I strung a heavy-duty wire along the upper edge of the backside of the vent (just strung it through the grating), as I intended to hang the finished product. I neglected to get photos of this step. FAIL.
The next step was to line the backside of each vent pocket (there is metal grating across the entire backside of the vent). I decided to use coffee filters. I wet them and stuck them inside each section along the inside of the grating. I also neglected to get photos of this step. Double FAIL.
I then filled each section with potting mix, and selected my plant material. I decided to go with succulents, as I intended to hang this on a fence and knew I would forget to water it most of the time–so I needed to go with something that would cut me a little slack. Yay, succulents!
I should probably tell everyone that I laid this flat for a couple of weeks for the roots to take hold. I should probably say that. But I did not. I am impatient. I packed those suckers in there and hung it on my fence post-haste. It’s holding up just fine! But for best results, you might want to let yours sit and marinate flat for a bit. I’m just saying.
I love this so much that I think I am going to go to Lowe’s and get me a few more of these vents and hang several along this section of fence. The expanse of white fence makes me nuts. I must fill it with randomness and apologize to no one!!!