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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Hanging Salad and Herb Baskets

We have 6 hanging baskets for plants for our house (5 are matching). In 2018, I had them all filled with flowers. Then in 2019 I thought to fill them with nasturtiums for edible blossoms. In 2020, I planted them with red leaf lettuce. Unbeknownst to me, one basket had a hitch-hiking nasturtium seed in the soil and gave me a very pretty little plant alongside that basket's lettuce. At the end of last season, I thought I'd like to grow several types of plants in each basket. That's what I'm trying this year. Here's a photo that I saw online that I'm trying to imitate.


So far for the baskets, I've started parsley, red and green leaf lettuce, and nasturtium seeds, plus I took cuttings from my existing thyme plant. I can add radish, spinach, and cilantro seeds directly to the baskets when transplanting my seedlings and cuttings. I think they'll be pretty. It looks like the best appearance comes from a very full basket. So, that's my goal. These will all hang along the eaves of the back of the house, where we get the most sun exposure. 

Pretty and edible -- that puts a smile on my face!

6 comments:

  1. I like the idea of edible beauty. The only problem I would have with that idea is keeping it watered. I have found that full planters use water very quickly and can die almost as quickly. Maybe that's less of a problem in your wet area or you're more disciplined about watering. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations.

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    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      I do have to keep our hanging baskets watered. I think I remember to water about 3 days per week between mid-June and early September. But, they hang in a part sun/part shaded area. We have lots of trees surrounding our house. This year I'll be changing the soil in all of the baskets and adding a moisture-retaining product to the soil. I'll post photos once I have them planted.

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    2. Some of the fuller baskets I've had in the past would have to be watered twice a day, and we just couldn't keep up with that. Adding a moisture retaining product sounds like a good idea.

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    3. You likely live where it's much warmer in summer than I do, Live and Learn. I wouldn't want to be needing to water twice a day, either. I mixed a bit of the Soil Moist when replacing the soil in one of the baskets yesterday. I'll do the same with the rest of the baskets when I buy more potting soil. The packages says it reduces watering by 50%. If you ever want the look of a full hanging basket, you might also look into self-watering hanging baskets or self-watering probes for baskets you already have.

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  2. My husband uses our extra pots for all sorts of things like that--lettuce, nasturtiums, and so on. In the past they were on our back patio but last year they migrated to the front porch area. His aren't as decorative as the one you pictured but I think the green plantings look nice with the begonias which typically line my front steps (or I'm getting less picky about appearances as I get older .... or the age of covid has changed my priorities .... ).

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    1. Hi Kris,
      short of living on acreage where you can grow all the veggies you could want, using any available space, including extra pots, just makes sense. I think lettuce pots mixed in amongst flower pots sounds beautiful. It probably puts the visual emphasis on the begonias, while giving an overall look of abundant vegetation. It sounds lovely.

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