How to plant a Hanging Garden

Easy organic gardening when you have no garden.

Hanging gardens are the latest trend in urban horticulture. You can plant vertically up walls or in containers hanging from the rafters.

Advantages for you to plant hanging gardens

  1. saves space

    Flowering hanging pot plant hanging from a tree
    Flowering hanging pot plant hanging from a tree
  2. attractive
  3. versatile in that you can plant easy to care for succulents and air plants to flowering plants, herbs and kitchen gardens
  4. saves money when planting food like salads, vegetables and herbs
  5. planting food is a great skill to pass onto your children and grandchildren

Collecting suitable interesting containers ( go for a variety of colors and textures) :

  • retired buckets with holes
  • chip fryers
  • metal fruit holders
  • wire baskets
  • retro candelabra
  • old rusty culendars

Be creative stop in at second hand shops, car boot/ garage sales and charity shops. Always bargains to be had.

All you need to get started:

Mint is a great herb for hanging gardens
Mint is a great herb for hanging gardens
  1. container
  2. hanging wire and hooks
  3. liner of choice (coconut fiber, peat moss or recycled garden bags)
  4. plants
  5. good healthy soil (a mixture of compost, peat and vermiculite)

Peat to add light acidity, vermiculite to assist drainage and compost for fertility.

Suggestions for your food hanging garden (planting three or four plants per container is ideal, allowing room for growth):

  • cherry / grape tomatoes
  • snow peas

    Nasturtiums are perfect for hanging gardens.
    Nasturtiums are perfect for hanging gardens.
  • companion plant with basil / other herbs
  •  lettices
  • strawberries
  • small Asian eggplant
  • small peppers
  • mizuna
  • mustard greens
  • chives, mint and thyme
  • nasturiums

Top tips:

  1. nutrient rich soil
  2. protection from strong winds
  3. good drainage
  4. correct lighting
  5. feed regularly with liquid organic fertilizer
  6. water regularly as they dry our more easily than the garden

It is not difficult to grow food in hanging gardeners. It takes a little planning, patience and knowledge of planting techniques.

Other pages of interest:

compost

mulch your garden healthy

worm farms

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