A few years ago, my buddy Charles gave me a banana tree. By sheer luck, I managed not to kill it, and it grew over ten feet tall. Then the babies started sprouting up.
Within a week or two, I had babies sprouting up everywhere, so transplanting them seemed the next step. You can almost sit and watch these things grow - they grow amazingly fast!
The only thing I had handy were some drywall mud buckets, so I cut each one down, drilled some drain holes in each one, and kept my fingers crossed. It's not the most gorgeous pot, but hey - it's cheap and I like using something that would normally go in the recycling pile.
Tage Frid's book on Joinery has a really helpful chart on cutting compound miters; I use his numbers so often that I keep a copy of it on the bulletin board in my office. It was an easy decision to choose a six sided box to hold each of these mud buckets. Hexagon shapes are gorgeous!
I decided to make them different heights, to add a little visual interest. That meant the bottom of each planter box would be in a different place.
The pieces were cut,
But after the fourth one...
Yup, everything fits. Time to add glue.
I try to be really careful with glue - it causes so many problems later in the building cycle. So each time I glued a planter together, I took some time to shave off the excess with a chisel.
The first one - sanded and ready for color.
You know I love MilkPaint, so I pulled out the color chart and tapped into some southwest colors.
More color decisions!
So I mixed up some Natco - that's a home made recipe that is NOT Watco.
But it is durable - a mix of spar varnish, turpentine, and boiled linseed oil. It's great for anything that might come into contact with moisture, and is very easy to apply.
They're finally ready!
Stella was so excited!
We put a plastic liner around each bucket to keep them from leaking, and dropped them into a wooden planter box. A little mulch on top hides the plastic liner.
Can we play now, mama?
It is Memorial Day, so I'd like to thank my military readers and their families for their service and dedication. You rock!
Here's my dad in his Navy days... he was so handsome! RIP, Jimmy!