Hanging baskets filled to overflowing with garden vegetables allow you to grow fresh produce in nearly any location. Hung by the kitchen door or on the balcony, tender young peas or brilliant cherry tomatoes encourage veggie-hating kids-- and reluctant adults--to grab a quick snack brimming with nutrition and bursting with flavor. Care must be taken in choosing the specific cultivar, as not all vegetables are suited for baskets.
Visit your local nursery or greenhouse to browse the available vegetable seedlings. Look for those your family prefers in a dwarf or miniature variety. Vining plants are preferred, but you can also use upright plants. Miniature tomatoes, dwarf cucumber and dwarf peas perform well in baskets.
Mix equal parts commercial potting soil, peat moss and vermiculite or perlite to make a lightweight potting mixture to improve aeration and promote drainage. Pour into a large bowl or bucket and moisten lightly with water. Stir to mix thoroughly.
Fill 3/4 of the basket with potting mixture. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup fertilizer and mix into the existing soil. Compost can be used if you prefer a non-chemical fertilizer.
Remove seedlings from trays or cells and position in the basket. A 12 to 14-inch basket holds one or two miniature tomatoes (depending on their size at maturity), two or three bush or dwarf cucumbers and six to 10 pea plants.
Fill in around the base of the plants with soil and firm down with your hands to secure the plants.
Water until water runs free through the bottom of the container. Hang in an area that receives 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Water when soil dries. Container plants may require daily watering as they dry out quickly in the summer sun.