24 January 2015

NOT QUITE KOKEDAMA


We have this little enclosed courtyard off the side of the house. There is a security grill over the top and it has been begging to be filled with hanging baskets as its a really lovely spot to sit.

This morning I went to the garden centre planning on making Kokedama but I came home without the sphagnum moss having bought coconut fibre instead which is for lining hanging baskets.  Argh. Rather than shove the plants out there until next time (which could be forever) I got out some yarn  and started wrapping. It should act the same as a hanging basket and I just expect to redo them every now and then for growth.

But it looks good I think! This is what I did if you want to do one. Super easy and very messy.

You need-

Plant- I opted for a Boston Fern and  small Ivy
Yarn-I've used cotton but you could use string instead of yarn
Coconut fibre -comes in a bag
Scissors
A ribbon for gently tying up your plants trailing parts during wrapping

Firstly pull out some fibre and form it into a rough circle. You are essentially making a little birds nest. Make sure it is a relatively even thickness as you don't want soil falling out.

Remove your plant from its pot and place in the centre of the nest. Now fold the sides up and secure a length of yarn around pulling tight and knotting.


Now start wrapping. Make sure it is nice and tight not forgetting to come back across the bottom. If you wrap across the top sides you will get a good direction for crossing the bottom. 

Keep going until it is nice and snug and you're happy with the look. Tie it off in a knot (just secure to one of the wrapped sections)

Cut two lengths of yarn that you will double and then use to cross under the base and up the sides and hang the plant with. I cut two two metre lengths. Now, leaving a section long enough to extend above the plant, Weave the other end under a couple of wrapped sections down the side, under the base and up the other side. Pull them through until they meet equally above. Repeat with the other piece going down the other side.


Pull all four double pieces up to the centre above the plant and knot. Hang them up. Done!





6 comments:

  1. 👏👏👏👏 absolutely fabulous Clare! I dig 💗

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    1. Thank you Karianne! A little garden fun xxx

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  2. So good! I might buy supplies and you can talk me through making one when next at Pearl...

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  3. Hey, after some time.. what would you say about water retention / irritation frequency attributes of coconut fiber? i'm wondering if using it would shorten the watering time periods.
    nice doing btw!

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  4. Hey, after some time.. what would you say about water retention / irritation frequency attributes of coconut fiber? i'm wondering if using it would shorten the watering time periods.
    nice doing btw!

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