How to Make a Hanging Basket

Overview

Hanging baskets are an inexpensive way to dress up the exterior of your home. Hang them from the ceiling, posts or even walls to enhance the appeal of your area and enjoy the benefits of container gardening. Grow flowers, vegetables or herbs and enjoy a splash of color at varying eye levels, either indoors or outdoors. Home department stores sell hanging baskets in different sizes, shapes and material, but your own allows you to save money while customizing it to your needs.

Step 1

Determine how much sphagnum moss you need to line your galvanized wire mesh basket frame. Add moss in a bucket of water for up to an hour so it soaks thoroughly. In the meantime, place your galvanized wire mesh hanging basket frame on your worktable.

Step 2

Wear rubber gloves and pull out handfuls of soaked sphagnum moss from the bucket in turn after an hour, squeezing it between your palms to remove excess water. Add the moss into the basket frame to form a 2-inch even layer.

Step 3

Tamp the sphagnum moss down firmly with your hand as you line it into the basket frame, so it settles in place and compacts.

Step 4

Determine the amount of plastic lining you need to place inside the frame over the sphagnum moss. Cut it with sharp scissors, ensuring it is slightly smaller in size than the basket so it does not extend beyond the rim. Poke drainage holes with the tip of a knife.

Step 5

Add two parts peat, one part perlite and one part sand in a bowl. Mix well with a stick. Add the potting mixture into the basket frame until 1/2 to 3/4 inch below the rim.

Step 6

Measure and mark three points on the rim of the basket frame that are equidistant from one another. Insert one end of a chain into the rim, over the mark. Repeat the procedure with the other two chains. Insert an S-hook into their other ends.

Things You'll Need

  • Sphagnum moss
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Galvanized wire mesh basket frame
  • Gloves
  • Plastic lining
  • Scissors
  • Sharp knife
  • Peat
  • Perlite
  • Sand
  • Bowl
  • Stick
  • Tape measure
  • Marker
  • 3 lengths of same size chain
  • S-hook

References

  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Designing and Building a Hanging Basket
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service: Hanging Baskets
  • Louisiana State University AgCenter: Hanging Baskets
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