A worm’s eye view on planting a hanging basket

The Wrigglers are Amateur Gardeners. This is our guide to Planting a hanging basket. There are #cartoons, posters and links to Planting a hanging basket. The Wrigglers have drawn a scribe and made a poster, which will be added to the page as it develops.

Good luck planting your hanging basket

choose a basket with a 35cm diameter
cold frame

Choose a basket of at least 35 cm diameter

How many plants should you put in a basket? Well, the answer’s around 12-14 for 30-35cm diameter planters. Unless you’re potting up larger plants, like Fuschias, then it’s around 6/basket

Punch drainage holes in the liner

A cross section of a hanging basket. Arows pointing to the relevant parts with suggestions
A cross section of a hanging basket. Arows pointing to the relevant parts with suggestions 1. select a basket with a diameter of 35cm or more 2. pierece the liner for drainage 3. Mix your container soil with slow release fetiliser and water retaining gel – follow the quantity on the nmanufacturers instructions 4.

Mix the soil

Add some slow release fertiliser and water retaining gel to your basket soil mix – go by the recommended dose on the manufacturers instructions. I have read that some people add a shallow tray pot at the bottom of the basket to stop water draining out of the basket immediately, too.

Don’t overfill the basket with soil

Drop the soil level so, when watering, the water doesn’t simply roll off the top of the basket

Add a dip too, so the water flows into the basket – not straight out of the sides

download a pdf of this guide

A cross section of a hanging basket. Arows pointing to the relevant parts with suggestions 1. select a basket with a diameter of 35cm or more 2. pierece the liner for drainage 3. Mix your container soil with slow release fetiliser and water retaining gel – follow the quantity on the nmanufacturers instructions 4.Drop the soil level so the when watering  it doesn't simply roll off the top of the basket 5. addd a dip, so theat the water flows into the basket, and again not staright out of the sides
A diagram Showing the frame parts of a cold frame being put together

For an expert’s eye on pruning:

RHS Pruning groups

Understand the groups and you understand when, how and which plants to prune.

These groups are designed to offer gardeners a general guide on how to prune a tree, shrub or climber.

LINK


Pruning is one of those grey areas for me. The info here is not only fun to read, but will save some of my plants from an overly keen secateur-wielding gardener, like me.

Simon Haynes


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