A hanging basket adds color to a balcony, terrace or porch and enhances visual interest at varying eye levels. Although garden centers sell beautifully arranged hanging baskets at almost any time of the year, making one yourself is a straightforward and inexpensive procedure that allows you to use your favorite tall or cascading flowers or herbs. Hang this colorful container garden in a strategic spot for natural decoration, and enjoy the fluttering butterflies, birds and bees that visit it.
Fill a round bowl with water. Add five to six handfuls of sphagnum moss into it. Add more sphagnum moss if the wire mesh frame you will be using is large. Conversely, reduce the number of handfuls if it is small. Let the moss soak for up to an hour.
Raise a handful of moss and squeeze it between your hands to drain excess water out. Place it in a deep container. Do this until you remove all the soaked moss from the bowl.
Pack handfuls of sphagnum moss into the wire mesh frame. Start from the base and work your way to the sides until the moss forms a 2-inch-thick layer. Press the moss down firmly so it settles in place and forms an even layer. Check that it does not protrude over the rim of the frame.
Lower plastic lining over the moss in the frame. Press it down gently so it rests over the moss, and snip the excess off neatly with sharp scissors. Keep it an inch below the rim of the frame.
Insert the pointed edge of the scissors through the lining to make drainage holes, spaced 5 inches apart. Punch holes through the base and sides.
Create fertile potting mix to add to the frame. Add one part perlite, one part sand and two parts peat in a bowl and mix well. Pour this mix into the frame carefully until it is an inch below the rim.
Measure the rim of the frame and mark three points over it with masking tape, spaced equally apart. Insert one end of a chain directly over each mark. Grasp the chains, aligning the free ends with each other. Insert an S-hook into the other ends to join them.