Planting a Summer Hanging Basket
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 25, 2013)
While the summer can be a fairly beautiful time, it never hurts to add a bit here and there. One of the best ways to do that is by planting a summer hanging basket. One of the benefits of using a hanging basket is the versatility it affords you in your decorating efforts. You can very easily hang a basket almost anywhere, and enjoy some beautiful flowers and scents. That is, at least if you follow these directions.
- Scout out the location. Before you can begin planting a summer hanging basket, you need make your decision about where the basket will be hanging. While you can easily hang your basket just about anywhere you do want, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. For example, you will want to use a location that provides at least partial shade, since it can help protect the plant form excessive heat of the season.
- Gather your materials. There a few materials that you will need to begin gathering when you begin planting a summer hanging basket. These materials are things like the container that will be in the basket, the basket itself, and the soil that you will be using to name just a few. In addition, you will also want to make sure that you have a good hook to hang the basket from, as well as a rope or some other material you can use to connect the net to the hook.
- Research and choose your plant. Take a bit of time to research not only what plant you will want to hang, but also the care requirements for it. This will let you know what you need to do to take care of the plant, as well as whether or not you need to make any changes to help maintain the plant.
- Plant it and hang it. With the materials and plant ready to go, begin the actual planting process. You can easily do this by putting some potting soil into the container you will be hanging, leaving about two inches for you to be able to plant your chosen plant. Place the plant into the soil, and then add a bit more potting soil around the plant up to the top of the root ball. When you have the plant firmly in the soil, go ahead and water the plant. Once you have done that, hang everything up in your chosen location.
Remember, once you have finished planting and hanging the basket you still have to maintain the plant like normal. Actually, you may have to pay a bit more attention to a hanging basket that you would with other kinds of container gardens. The reason for this is that with the basket up in the air, the soil could very easily dry out a bit quicker.
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