HANGING PLANTER IDEAS - EDIBLE
Edible hanging planters are a great way to garden and they literally
allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labor too.
There are many edible plants, flowers and herbs that thrive in hanging
planters and in hanging baskets – in fact many of the European herbs
love a drier environment – making them perfect for growing in hanging
containers and planters.
To determine what makes a good candidate for
a hanging planter you first have to evaluate edible vegetables, flowers
and herbs – consider the way they grow.
Some edible plants grow straight and tall while others tend to sprawl
or spread themselves over the ground. Almost any vegetable, herb or
edible flower that has a trailing habit and sprawls over the ground can
be used in a hanging planter.
Consider Cherry tomatoes, apple cucumbers, dwarf beans, dwarf peas and
smaller compact plants. Lettuce, Chili Peppers and Herbs like mint,
basil and even rosemary also work well.
Strawberries in hanging baskets are also a favorite and make a great
PLANTS – IDEAL FOR HANGING PLANTERS INCLUDE
* cherry tomatoes
* apple cucumbers
* dwarf beans and peas
* Chili peppers
EDIBLE FLOWERS – IDEAL FOR HANGING FLOWER BASKETS & PLANTERS INCLUDE
* pansy & violas
* dwarf cornflowers
* dandelion (sometimes also referred to as a herb especially in France)
* scented geranium
Mint in Hanging Baskets
EDIBLE HERBS – IDEAL FOR HANGING PLANTERS INCLUDE
Note # indicates the herb flowers are edible also
* mint #
* basil #
* thyme #
* nasturtiums #
* prostrate rosemary #
* thyme #
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in Hanging Baskets
YOUR HANGING PLANTER OF EDIBLE PLANTS / HERBS & FLOWERS
Plant as you would normally with any hanging baskets, fill with soil,
plant the vegetable (remember to plant tomatoes deep, the rest even with
the soil), water regularly, give good sunlight and harvest on time.
Consider side-planting also – this gives you more area to plant and
allows you to add more plants.
As a rule of thumb water your plants daily during summer - or twice a
day if the weather is very hot or windy
Some Edible basket ideas we like include
TOMATOES & BASIL
Easy to grow and rewarding tomato baskets will provide sweet juicy
fruit for months. Look for the smaller cherry tomato seeds or plants.
The cherry’s will grow up the hanging baskets chain as well as cascade
over the side. Larger tomato varieties tend to snap when used in hanging
baskets – which can be very disappointing.
Add some basil plants in to
your hanging planter too - Basil is a natural companion plant to
tomatoes and as we know basil and tomatoes combine well in the kitchen
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Strawberries are great for hanging baskets.
a hole in the polythene lining of your basket to allow for drainage.
Fill the hanging basket with compost to just below the rim using
multi-purpose with a bit of loam-based compost added. Space the
strawberry plants evenly around the edge of the basket. As a guide, a
35cm basket will hold four plants.
Hang the basket in a sheltered,
sunny spot to help the fruit ripen and encourage pollinating insects.
Water well to settle the compost and encourage the roots to grow.
Start feeding once flowering has finished. Mix water-retaining gel and
slow-release feed granules into the compost before planting.
plant strawberry plants too deep. The crown, or centre, of the plant
should be at soil level. If the basket is hanging against a wall, turn
it regularly so that all the fruits are exposed to some sun."
Strawberries in Hanging Baskets
LAVENDER & THYME HERB BASKET
Lavender and thyme herbs emit a delicate fragrance. Position this
hanging basket near the patio or a window so you can catch its scent on
the wind. Choose dwarf lavender, such as the compact 'Bella Series', as
the centerpiece and surround it with one or several different varieties
of thyme for a good mix of color and flavors.
Fill the hanging basket
with compost mixed with water-retaining crystals and slow-release
fertilizer. Position the dwarf lavender in the centre of the basket and
plant the thyme plants around it.
"At the end of summer, plant out the thyme and lavender into a sunny,
well-drained spot in the garden."
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HANGING BASKET OF MIXED LETTUCE
a really fun hanging basket that will be the envy of fellow gardeners,
try lettuce in a wire hanging basket. Line the basket with moist
sphagnum moss or a preformed Angel Moss liner.
Fill the basket with a
light potting soil. Place leaf lettuce transplants about 4 inches apart
in holes throughout the basket. Push the root ball through the moss into
the moist potting soil. Be sure to place several transplants in the top
of the basket, too!
Place the basket where it will get almost full
sun. As the lettuce starts to grow, you will have an almost-perfectly
round basket that is as pretty as an ivy or fern and a whole lot
You can choose to alternate a green-leaf lettuce, like Black
Seeded Simpson, with a red-leaf lettuce, like Red Sails, in your basket,
or make a basket of each.
Other inspirational hanging basket ideas we
have come across include…
Here are some ideas:
LEMON THEMED HANGING
A lemon basket: use lemon thyme, lemon balm, lemon basil and a pretty
yellow edible flower such as a pansy, moonlight nasturtiums (creamy
yellow), or calendula.
SPICY HANGING PLANTER
A spicy basket: Choose a small hot pepper plant (Thai pepper are
nice) for the middle and around it plant basil (lime and cinnamon),
lemon thyme, and oregano. All of these can be used for salsa!
SUMMER SALAD BASKET
Summer Salad Basket: Plant nasturtiums, fern leaf dill, parsley, and a
cherry tomato plant.
A FRAGRANT HANGING PLANTER – THAT IS ALSO EDIBLE
A Fragrance Basket: Try a chocolate mint, scented geraniums, and
lavender or any other herb that you love the smell of. Look for dwarf
varieties if possible, but they stay smaller in containers, so
ITALIAN HANGING PLANTER
An Italian Basket: Use basil, oregano, marjoram, garlic chives and a
pepper plant in the middle. There is a pepper called Jingle Bells that
is not only charming, but the little peppers can be stuffed.
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