Grow vegetables in hanging baskets
You don’t have to turn your vegetables upside down to have a hanging garden! Growing vegetables in a hanging basket is a great way to save space. Mini, dwarf and sprawling varieties of vegetables tend to work best, like:
- mini peppers
- runner and pole beans
You can also plant edible flowers, like nasturtiums, that have amazing flavour and will give your basket beautiful colour! Here’s how:
Tools you will need
- A hanging basket that can hold the roots of what you plant. (Vegetables will need deep baskets. Edible flowers, herbs, and greens need a shallower basket.)
- A tray to place under your basket to catch water. Some baskets have a tray attached.
- Lightweight potting soil. Avoid garden soil which will be too heavy to hang.
- Your choice of plants or seeds
- A trowel
- A hose or watering can
- A heavy-duty hook that will support the weight of a full basket. (20-30lbs) Ask at your local hardware store to find the best option.
- Choose a place in your home, balcony, or patio that gets lots of direct sunlight.
- Screw the heavy duty hook into the ceiling.
- Fill the hanging basket with soil.
- Read the packet of the seed you’re going to plant or check the plant staker for spacing guidelines to determine how many plants you can fit with enough space to keep them happy.
- Herbs and lettuces, which have shallow roots, can easily be planted around larger downward-growing plants like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.
If transplanting already sprouted plants, use the trowel or your hands to dig a hole that is larger and deeper than the width and depth of the plant’s roots.
Remove the plant from its container, gently pulling on the roots to release them, and place in the hole.
Fill the space around the plant with soil and lightly push down on the base of the plant to secure it.
- If planting seeds, create a divot in the soil with your finger. Check the seed packet so you know how deep and how far apart to plant your seeds. Drop the seeds into the divots you’ve created, and cover them lightly with soil.
- Place the basket on the hook.
- Water the basket until water comes out the bottom. Make sure to attach the tray to the bottom of the basket first!
- Check the moisture of the soil daily. Hanging baskets tend to dry out quickly, especially during hot spells. Use your finger to feel how wet the soil is in the morning and in the evening. If it’s dry, water.
- Turn the basket every week so that all plants get an even amount of sun and shade.