Hanging baskets filled with tall or trailing flowers or plants are a welcome sight in any home or garden. These container gardens add color to their location and enhance visual interest at varying eye levels. You can make your own hanging baskets for less than you'd spend on ready-made planters. Plant annuals, perennials or biennials in the basket, or grow herbs or small fruit and savor the taste and health benefits home-grown produce.
Position the round wire basket in a flowerpot that supports it as you work. Place it on a worktable. Make sure you can easily access the basket from all sides.
Lower handfuls of sphagnum moss into a bucket or large container filled with water. The amount of moss you need depends on the size of the wire basket because you need to line the inside with a 2-inch-thick layer.
Remove handfuls of soaked moss from the container of water after 30 to 40 minutes. Squeeze between your palms to drain excess water out before piling it in a large, round bowl.
Add sphagnum moss into the wire basket. Pack a 2-inch-thick layer snugly over the base and sides. Press it down with your hands so it is even and settles in place. A snug fit ensures water or soil do not leak through the basket. Make sure the moss does not extend past the upper edges.
Line the inside of the frame with a plastic sheet. Lower it over the moss and press it down. Trim off the excess that protrudes from the edges with sharp scissors. Trim another inch off from the top of the plastic sheet so it rests below the edges of the basket.
Poke drainage holes through the plastic lining with the pointed edge of the scissors or a sharp, pointed knife. Do this over the sides and base. Space the holes 4 to 5 inches apart.
Create a porous soil mix to add inside the hanging basket or use commercial potting soil. If making it yourself, mix one part peat moss and one part perlite or coarse sand to one part silt, or one part perlite to two parts peat moss and one part sand. Also mix a balanced 12-12-12 fertilizer to the soil mix so it releases essential nutrients over time. Pour the mix into the basket until it reaches an inch below the rim.
Mark four equidistant points along the rim of the basket. Insert an end of each chain over a separate mark. Do this to all the chains before holding their free ends together. Slip an S-hook through the free ends of the chains, and hang.