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Upside-Down Herb Gardening with Sky Planters by Boskke

sky planter designed by patrick morris for boskke

As a cook, it is important to have my reserve of fresh herbs. Nothing beats the taste of freshly cut herbs. I am currently looking at a simple way to keep fresh herbs indoors without using space on my floor or the counter. An extra small Sky Planter could be it.

The Sky Planters remind me of hanging fixtures. Patrick Morris came up with this design. You hang the plants upside down. Upside-down gardening is not a new concept. It is often used for tomatoes and cucumbers to save space. Some people are successful with that technique while many seem to fail to produce good vegetables.

Going back to the design, a locking disk holds the plant and soil in place. A reservoir gradually feeds water to the roots. You normally need to fill the reservoir once or twice a month. In theory, it seems quite simple to use. Since I am not tall and that I need to hang the pots high (due to the space planning of the room), I feel that the herbs would be easier to reach for cutting if I plant them upside down.

How it Works?

The pictures show the plants as they were freshly put in the planters. Since I care about the taste and not what the herbs will look like in the long run, I would like to try with my cooking herbs. Plus, we cut the herbs at a regular basis. Keep in mind that cooking herbs need lot of sunshine to flourish before selecting where to put them.

The Sky Planter comes in three formats. Like I said, the extra small is ideal for fresh herbs. Getting 2 or 3 extra small planters would make a wonderful gift for someone who loves to cook. When you buy a Sky Planter, you receive a stoneware ceramic, a stainless steel wire, a ceiling hook and a plastic plug. They are available in black or white.

+ Sky Planter by Patrick Morris for Boskke extra-small $25 USD, small $35, classic $75

  • mayssam
    November 12, 2009 at 15:05

    wow! so cool! I love these! and my cats can’t get to them, although they would probably find a way, I’m sure 🙂

  • Jenn Lee
    November 12, 2009 at 17:49

    OMG i love these. The one thing I hate most about condo’s is the inability to grow greens – we tried a mini herb garden in the kitchen by the window but it didn’t work out, they all died.

    I would love to get this. How do you water it?

  • Martini
    November 13, 2009 at 08:21

    What a wonderful idea! I guess you have to take them down each time you need to water the plants.

  • Jess @ The Finer Things
    November 13, 2009 at 09:54

    These are great- I might have to add them to my own list!

  • Kristin Eva
    November 21, 2009 at 09:01

    I love a clever idea that is so simple at the same time, and I myself why I didn’t think of that.

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  • Samantha
    July 28, 2012 at 19:58

    Wow what a great idea! Not only are they useful, but they add a unique look to wherever you choose to hang them. Thanks for sharing.