Planting a Hanging Basket

Edible and aromatic herbs always seem tastier when at eye level and baskets can look spectacular when planted with a range of leaf colors and textures. Hang near the kitchen or barbecue for a readily accessible herb garden.

Hanging Basket with Aromatic and Edible Herbs

Hanging Basket with Aromatic and Edible Herbs

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1

Check that the basket has a good number of drainage holes in the base and sides—a skewer pushed through the liner several times from the outside will help. Partially fill with top-quality fresh compost and gently firm.

Add Compost to Hanging Basket

Add Compost to Hanging Basket

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Carefully remove the plants from their pots and if the roots are congested, gently tease them out a little. Arrange and space out the hardy herbs first, filling larger gaps with tender herbs such as basil.

Arrange Hardy Herbs in Hanging Basket

Arrange Hardy Herbs in Hanging Basket

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Add more fresh compost around the roots, gently firming down in stages, until the herbs are at the same planting level as in their pots. Trim back any damaged stems or bruised leaves and use later.

Planting Herbs with Compost

Planting Herbs with Compost

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Water well before hanging your basket and make sure that excess moisture drains away. Select a robust hook and hang carefully as large baskets can be very heavy—especially when wet.

Water Baskets of Herbs Before Hanging

Water Baskets of Herbs Before Hanging

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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