Make a Hanging Basket
Seasonal hanging baskets are easy to make, and can vary from the delicate and gentle to the big and blowzy. Plant the dominant plants on top and some decorative trailers around the sides.
- Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios
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Stand the hanging basket on a wide, short pot to keep it stable during preparation. Line the basket with a store-bought basket liner, or use sphagnum moss and pack it in tightly to a minimum thickness of 1 1/4 inch.
Lay a small circle of polythene over the liner at the base of the basket to help retain water. Cut out holes in the liner, about 2 inches above the base, for your trailing plants. Fill the basket to that level with loam-based potting mix.
Wrap paper around the root ball of each trailing plant (like this ivy) to protect it, and gently insert through a hole. The roots should be level with the soil in the basket. Add extra potting mix and firm in.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios
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In mild climates, seasonal hanging baskets add a splash of color to the garden throughout the coldest months.