Defy Gravity With A Flower Tower

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My friend Helen discovered this fun little garden project and it worked perfectly in her garden. It is a tower of clay pots that seem to defy gravity.

The trick?

A long piece of rebar hammered into the ground.

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(Rebar rods are those steel reinforcing rods used in construction. You can find them in the cement section of the home improvement centers.)

The other day, Helen arrived on my doorstep with a stack of pots and my own piece of rebar so that I could try it too. That is a true gardening friend!

This is how it is done…

Step one:

Hammer a 6 foot rebar into the ground (about 1.5-2 feet down). Then take one clay pot and run it over the re-bar through the drain hole so that it sits on the ground flat. That is your only straight pot. (The next pot will be placed at an angle.)

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Step two:

Fill the bottom pot with soil so that the next pot has something to sit on. Then run the next pot down the bar and set it at an angle.

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Step three:

Continue adding pots until you get to the top.

Step four:

Add soil and plants. Done!

I think it will look great when it fills in. And just think of the possibilities! I planted herbs and flowers, but wouldn’t this look great with strawberries or ivy or…Well, you get the idea.

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Thanks Helen for this great idea!

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Theresa Loe is the Co-Executive TV Producer and the On-Air Canning/Homesteading Expert for the national PBS gardening TV series, Growing A Greener World. She is a lifetime canner and a graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program. She studied both sustainable horticulture and professional culinary arts and she is a wrangler of chickens and two teenage children. (Not necessarily in that order.)

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  • karen england July 28, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I am going to do this! Just like I am going to do the 127 other great things you show & have shown me…could you slow down so I can catch up? I am still working on making the “teakettle fountain” a variation of the watering can fountain which is “great thing Theresa taught me, number 12″. As you can see, I AM REALLY BEHIND! Maybe, if I start to combine the great ideas, I can catch up -so that means things like “potato teakettle condo fountains”? Hmmm, better think this through… Aw, I’ll just get busy and you keep up the great work!

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  • Theresa Loe/GardenFreshLiving July 28, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    My dear friend Karen….YOU CRACK ME UP! You have a list????

    I’m so sorry to hear you are only on #12. Girl, you better get moving ’cause I’m not slowing down yet. I got a million of ‘em. Tee hee hee.

    BTW, I do not advise combining ideas. It just sounds dangerous.

    I’m just saying…

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  • Lisa June 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    what size pots did you use for this? Also what happens with the top part of the bar? Lastly, does the bar not throw off the balance in the soil (ok for organic?) Love the idea.

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    • theresa June 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Lisa,

      I’m not sure exactly what size, but I think they are about 8″ dia at the opening. I kept stacking until the top part of the bar was mostly covered with soil so it doesn’t show. Good question about the balance of the soil. I don’t know! The iron rod does rust, so I suppose it can alter the soil. I have replaced the soil every year that I replant or move it.

      ~Theresa

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