How to Make Container Garden – Money Bowl

Tabletop-Container-Garden-Pilea-PeperomioidesWe know that good drainage is the key to healthy plants, but the containers that we find most attractive are often the ones without drainage holes. So, to broaden my choices of containers, I decided to go ahead and try to drill drainage holes in the containers by myself.

Because this was my first time drilling drainage holes, I chose a wooden Japanese bowl as my container for I knew that it would be much easier to drill holes on wood than on glass. And as expected, this was so easy.

Drill the Holes

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In order to hang my container garden, besides the drainage holes, I have also made three evenly spaced holes around the rim of the container. Make sure the holes are large enough to accommodate the size of the rope that will be used to hang the garden.

Pilea peperomioides is one of those plants that grow well in water (check out this post – Suitable Plants for Crystal Soil and Hydroculture for a list of other plants that grow well in water). So, if you are growing the plants in water, you don’t need to make any drainage hole.

Pot the Pilea Peperomioides

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I put a piece of landscape fabric at the bottom of the bowl to keep the soil from washing through the drainage holes. Then I repotted the pilea peperomioides into its new container. For better adaptation, I always keep some of the soil that is around the roots of the plant when I repot my plants.

Hang with Ropes & S Hooks

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I simply tied a rope at each of the three holes and tied all three ropes together at the top. Then, with the S-hook that I made by using plier and some wire I found at home, I hanged my container garden – Money Bowl on the window guard of my room.  And if you don’t want to make your own S-hook, you can find them available in different sizes in most hardware stores.

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