You can use just about anything to foster growth. In this case we used old coffee sacks and wire coat hangers. You could substitute cocoa bags or rice bags for the coffee sacks. You want to look for a material similar to burlap – something that is porous and will allow water to seep out but still maintain the soil inside. In lieu of wire coat hangers, you could also use wire of varying gauges, or simply set the planters on the ground.
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First, you take apart the hanger and make a circle. Then thread it through the open top of the coffee sack, which you may have to cut down depending on how large you want to make it. Fill your planter with soil and plant your seed or sapling. Use any excess wire to hang your planter, or just set it on the ground.
We planted our coffee bag planters with Magic Moringa Trees.
Why do we love the Moringa tree so much?
The Moringa tree, also known as the Tree of Life, is known for its highly dense nutritional content:
7 times the vitamin C in oranges,
4 times the calcium in milk,
4 times the vitamin A in carrots,
2 times the protein in milk
3 times the potassium in bananas
Moringa trees grow easily from seeds or cuttings in hot climates. They grow quickly even in poor soil, and the leaves, flowers, pods, and seeds can be prepared in several different ways, making the Moringa an excellent candidate for fighting world hunger and malnutrition.