Growing Strawberries in Baskets
Hanging baskets are a great way to make extra space for crops in small gardens or on patios.
Step 1: Line Hanging Basket
Place the basket in a pot to keep it stable while planting, and if it doesn’t have an integral liner, line with durable plastic to retain compost and moisture. Cut drainage holes in the liner to prevent compost becoming waterlogged.
Step 2: Plant Strawberry Just Below Rim of Basket
Water the plants in their pots. Add multipurpose compost to the base of the basket, mixing in water-retaining crystals if desired, and arrange plants so that the top of the root balls are 1in (2.5cm) below the basket rim.
Step 3: Fill With Compost
Fill around the plants with more compost, firming as you go. Ensure the basket is not filled to the rim, leaving space for watering, and that the strawberries are not planted deeper than they were in their original pots.
Step 4: Hang and Water
Soak the basket well and allow the water to drain before suspending it from a sturdy and well-secured bracket or hook. Water daily in warm weather and apply a liquid tomato fertilizer every two weeks once fruits appear.