When it comes to hanging baskets, it may be better for you to make your own, this way you can use the flowers, colours and styles that suit you, your garden and your needs. Making a hanging basket is not difficult to do, furthermore, it can be quite fun giving you a chance to experiment with colours and designs. Here you will learn how to make a hanging basket and some tips to ensure your baskets make an impact.
Before you start designing your hanging basket you need to consider how big it is going to be…most people think the bigger the better as it will make more of an impact and will retain more moisture. Here is a list of everything you will need for the basket:
• Plastic-coated wire basket, about 15 inches.
• Wool basket lining
• Multipurpose compost
• Slow-release fertiliser
• Water-retaining gel
• A selection of flowers, plants, hanging leaves, foliage etc.
How to make a hanging basket:
1. Line the basket with wool or moss, cover the bottom and the sides of the basket and ensure you make sure the layer is quite thick to provide the plants with additional support.
2. Make sure you water the plants and flowers before you start planting them into the hanging basket.
3. Using the plastic from something like a compost bag, cut out circles proportionate to your hanging basket to use for the bottom of the basket to help retain some water.
4. Half fill a bucket with some compost and add to this both a slow-release fertiliser and also a water-retaining gel (the containers of the fertiliser and gel should indicate how much you need to use) mix these into the compost thoroughly. Use this compost mix to fill only the bottom of the basket.
5. Start planting your flowers, plants and hanging leaves, while you are planting keep adding compost to the hanging basket, along with lining around the plants to keep the compost in. Keep pushing down the compost to ensure the roots are firmly planted. Continue to add lining until it reaches the rim of the basket, but leave a gap when adding compost of about 25 mm from the rim of the basket.
6. Make sure the compost has been firmed down properly. If there are any damaged plants or flowers try to tidy these up as much as possible.
7. Water the hanging basket well, and check the compost regularly to make sure it hasn’t dried out and to remove any brown leaves or petals.
• When designing your hanging basket consider having trailing plants to hang over the side of the basket. Thy can grow up to 3 foot long and would stunning in the summer breeze.
• Choose smaller flowers to plant in your basket, they will fit easier, especially if your basket is small and will quickly grow into the space they’ve been given.
• Don’t put your basket outside too early, make sure the conditions outside are optimum for young, replanted flowers to grow healthy.
• You should treat your hanging basket like you treat your garden, this means regular watering, trimming and tidying. Keep your hanging basket looking fresh and at its best.
• Where to hang your basket?
o Try to hang your basket somewhere it will be sheltered from harsh winds and rain, but will still get plenty of sunlight.
o Place the basket by a window or door, so on a hot day you can open it to let the fragrance of the hanging basket into your home.
o Hang the basket from a tree so it is not glaringly obvious and more of a nice surprise as people walk around your garden.