Tumbling food

Food grown in a hanging basket is a great way to create extra growing space.  Just bear in mind that there’s a lot of plant living in a small volume of compost, and so you’ll need to remember to feed and water regularly!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A wire hanging basket and sphagnum moss planter or sisal for lining it
OR
A plastic hanging basket
Multipurpose compost and plant food
A hook or wall bracket and screws to hang your basket

Plants – there’s lots of possibilities, but here’s three of the most popular choices:
tumbling cherry tomatoes, strawberry plants, and trailing nasturtiums

 

   

Here’s what to do:

  1. Line your basket with the sphagnum moss or sisal.
  2. Fill the basket you’ve lined with the compost.
  3. Put your plants into the compost in your basket. You can do this in the basket and by poking holes through the sides of the basket and planting your plants through these holes. Make sure you remove any little pots or packaging  before you plant!
  4. Water your basket well and make sure the plants are firmly in place.
  5. Hang the basket from your hook or wall bracket. Make sure you get an adult to put up the hook or wall bracket for you.
  6. Check your basket every day. Make sure the compost stays wet – on windy or dry days you may need to water more than once a day
  7. Give it some plant food about once a week.
  8. As your basket grows treat it like a pet – feed it and water it well and it’ll give you lots of love in the form of tasty food over the summer!