Hanging Herb and Vegetable Basket

Having a hanging basket filled with herbs and tomatoes is convenient and easy. Learn what you need to to have your own.

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Vegetable gardening does not get much more convenient than picking juicy cherry tomatoes and fragrant herbs from just outside your back door. Hanging baskets are often associated with bedding plants, but why not try planting a combination of cascading cherry tomatoes, vibrant nasturtiums (Tropaeolum), and delicious herbs instead? Kept fertilized and watered and they will look great over a long season and provide tasty, fresh produce for the kitchen as well.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 x Mentha "Chocolate Peppermint"
  • 1 x Petroselinum crispum
  • 1 x Thymus citriodorus "Golden Lemon"
  • 1 x tomato "Tumbler"
  • 1 x Allium schoenoprasum
  • 1 x Tropaeolum majus Alaska Series

Container Basics

Size Basket at least 25 centimeters in diameter
Suits Area close to the kitchen
Soil Multi-purpose potting mix
Site Wall in full sun and sheltered from strong winds

Planting and Aftercare

Ensure that drainage holes have been made in the base of the basket. Place a layer of lightweight potting mix in the bottom, then position the plants, still in their pots, to see where they will look best. Remember that trailing plants should be near the edge of the container. Once you have settled on a design, water the plants well, remove them from their pots, and place in the basket. Fill the gaps with potting mix, firming around the plants, and water the basket thoroughly. Hang it on a sturdy hook and water regularly. Once the tomatoes begin to set, apply a liquid tomato fertilizer weekly.

Mentha "Chocolate Peppermint" (image 1)
Fully hardy plants, Well-drained soil, Moist soil, Full sun.

Petroselinum crispum (image 2)
Fully hardy plants, Well-drained soil, Moist soil, Full sun, Partial or dappled shade.

Thymus citriodorus "Golden Lemon" (image 3)
Fully hardy plants, Well-drained soil, Full sun.

Tomato "Tumbler" (image 1)
Plants that need protection from frost over winter, Well-drained soil, Moist soil, Full sun.

Allium schoenoprasum (image 2)
Fully hardy plants, Well-drained soil, Full sun.

Tropaeolum majus Alaska Series (image 3)
Plants that need protection from frost over winter, Well-drained soil, Moist soil, Full sun, Award-winning plant.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Herbs

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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