- Hooks in the ceiling are cheaper than new shelves.
- They block the sun way less for the plants beneath them.
- You can push them out of the way to reach the ones beyond them.
- I've got hooks set up along the edge of my garage: lots of free room.
But buying store-bought hanging planters is expensive, so I make my own. Here's how I go about it.
I start with a heavy duty plant pot (which I get free by scavenging behind Home Depot [I have permission] during the gardening season). I buy bulk chain from inside Home Depot and I cut it to length.
Punch holes in the perimeter of the pot, and work a cut chain link through. Use pliers to close the link.
(This one has nasturtium seeds in it: it'll go outside once it starts blooming, to attract bees.)
It's just a re-shaped L-hook (or any hook), attached to the end of a handy stick. This one's about 4' long. I glued it in, and I wrapped the end of the stick in wire to keep it tight.