Just Hanging Out: Designing a Herb and Vegetable Basket
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, and delicious herbs instead? Kept fertilized and watered, they will look great over a long season and provide tasty fresh produce for the kitchen as well.
Choosing a Container
Select a basket that is at least 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter. Hang it on an outdoor wall that has full sun and is sheltered from strong winds. If possible, keep it close to the kitchen for quick access. Use a multipurpose potting mix.
Types of Plants to Consider
- Peppermint ‘Chocolate’
- Parsley ‘Forest Green’
- Lemon thyme ‘Golden Lemon’
- Tomato ‘Tumbler’
- Nasturtium ‘African Queen’
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 of the basket, then position the plants, still in their pots, to see where they will look best. Remember that trailing plants should be near the edge. 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 tomatoes begin to set, apply a liquid tomato fertilizer weekly.