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I’m Maria, the "Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady" with a mission to help you care for plants successfully, grow your indoor jungles, and cultivate more joy in your life. I've got tons of content for you here on the blog, on the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast, and Bloom and Grow Youtube Show to help you keep blooming and keep growing.
Are you running out of space for your plants? Growing your plant collection can be quite the challenge when all your countertops, tablespace and even floorspace have been populated with your plant babies. Don’t fret any longer, plant friends, as we got the most beautiful and mess-free DIY projects for you to make the most out of your vertical space at home! In this episode, learn alongside me as Erin Harding of @houseplantclub and @cleverbloom gives us step-by-step tutorials on three amazing yet easy DIYs for your vertical garden.
Growing Joy: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung
There are many benefits to maximizing the vertical spaces in your home (or office!): from making your home look bigger, to allowing you to care for more plants in different ways, and more!
For Erin, here are the top three reasons why you should look into adding plants to your vertical space:
Hanging plants and removing them from easy-to-reach surfaces can prevent accidents at home, especially with little children around. Putting your plants at a level that is unreachable to kids is an easy and foolproof way to take care of your plants without compromising your child’s safety.
Additionally, and you might not know this yet, but most of our favorite houseplants—like pothos, monsteras, and ficus—are actually toxic to our dearest pets. Placing your plants somewhere your pets cannot jump on, or reach helps avoid unwanted trips to the vet.
While the most obvious, using vertical space actually frees up space horizontally! Taking care of plants and having them around can help us grow more joy in our lives, but if we are stressing about the lack of space in areas where we need them, our plants might feel like a roadblock to our peace and happiness at home.
Vertical space enables us to find more room in our homes – and in our lives – to do the other things we love doing without having to let go of our plants.
Yes, plant friends, there is a design aspect to maximizing vertical space! By displaying plants vertically, you are moving the eye upward, thus, creating a bigger sense of space. This also creates an illusion that the room is bigger – perfect for those of us who live in a limited and narrow space.
Macramé is an easy knitting craft that even DIY beginners can do excellently! Pieces made of macrame are decorative and often functional, making them a classic home decor. These knotty projects have been around as early as the 13th century and their most recent resurface in the 70s, giving the impression that they are only suitable for vintage-style homes. Luckily for us, Erin gives us a modern take on this classic plant hanger.
These macrame plant hangers are totally customizable; use colored ropes, different sizes of beads, and other natural materials to fit the aesthetic of your home.
This DIY project is definitely for the sentimental plant parents. If you are the type of person who collects driftwood as a hobby or as a souvenir from your trips to the beach, incorporating plants with them brings a new level of value to your driftwood.
What’s great about this project is that you can also use a different type of wood, like the bark of a tree, if that is more accessible to you. And since we all know no two things are the same in nature, whatever piece of driftwood or bark you find, it will always be unique!
To water your air plants, Erin recommends either putting them up in a way that can either be easily removed for watering, like using tiny clips to hook them in place, or placing the driftwood piece somewhere where you can spray the air plants well without removing them.
You’ve probably seen it from your favorite plant influencers or while you’re browsing in your local plant store; there is no denying that the practice of kokedama has grown popular in the houseplant space.
Kokedama is a moss ball that holds an ornamental plant with origins that can be traced back to Japan centuries ago. These moss balls provide a unique accent to your vertical space, as they are living pieces that have no visible soil!
Since your kokedama is covered in damp moss, Erin advises not to water it as often as you would your other houseplants. When it’s watering time, you can simply soak your kokedama in water and wait until the bubbles stop coming to the surface. Squeeze the excess water and let them dry out for a day or so before hanging them back up.
These three DIY projects are all beginner and budget-friendly, and we hope whatever inspiration you take from these vertical space pieces, you also feel a deeper love and appreciation for your plants. Can’t wait to see your own projects!
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