DIY expert Misi Overturf shows how to turn an old vegetable rack into a vertical garden ideal for a kitchen courtyard or small patio
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What you need
- Old three-tiered wire vegetable rack
- 80-grit sandpaper
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in duck-egg blue
- Moss (soaked in a bucket of water)
- Landscaping cloth
- Potting soil
- Herbs and lettuce
What to do
- Sand the vegetable rack lightly to get rid of rust and roughness.
- Wash with soapy water and leave to dry.
- Paint the tray with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (no need for primer). Alternatively, you could use a water-based enamel. Two to three light coats should be sufficient to cover the mesh completely.
- Line each tray with the wet moss.
- Cut the landscaping cloth using the scissors so that it fits snugly into each tray.
- Fill the lined trays with the potting soil.
- Plant the herbs and lettuce, water them and leave to settle.’
This project came from “From trash to treasure: 50 Upcycling projects,” by Misi Overturf (Human & Rosseau)