About a Hanging Garden


Hanging gardens are useful when space is limited. Almost anything can be grown in a hanging planter that can be grown in a garden bed. Creating a hanging garden is not difficult. Use a mixture of organic potting soil and compost at a 1:1 ratio, and heirloom open pollinated seeds. Look for eco-friendly pots as well.

Where to Hang Planters

You can hang planters from numerous places around the home to create a hanging garden. Inside, hang them in a large window. Outside, hang them from the side of the house, the garage roof overhang or the patio roof. They can also be hung from the outside walls of the house. Porches will also support hanging pots. Use a bracket and screws to hang each pot.

Suitable Plants

You can grow a vegetable garden using hanging pots. Flowers and houseplants are also good options. Or, grow items such as berries and herbs in the pots. More than one item can be planted to a pot, if it is large enough, further saving space.

Upside Down

Use the upside-down method of growing vegetables in buckets or containers that hang. Suitable vegetables include peas, beans, cucumbers and tomatoes. This type of gardening makes use of buckets with lids or specialty containers. A hole is drilled into the bottom of the bucket, just wide enough for the stem of the vegetable or the vines to grow through. The soil is watered so that the soil on the bottom is damp, and the cover is put onto the bucket. The bucket is then turned upside down, and the seed or seeds are planted in the hole. Once the seedlings are established, turn the bucket right side up to hang. The vegetables will grow from within the bucket. Add a trellis under the bucket if you're growing a vining plant.

Salad Garden

Create a hanging salad garden by using a bucket as a base. Plant lettuce or spinach seeds in a bucket, and hang it up by the handle. Lining a few buckets up will have a larger impact, and will allow for growing a variety of items for salad making. Salad greens, such as lettuce, arugula and spinach, are a good place to start. Add some parsley and chives to the mix as well.

Plant Supports

Along with the trellis, you can use other types of support for your hanging garden. This includes tomato cages and stakes, which support plants and prevent them from drooping.

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About this Author

Shannon Buck is a freelance writer residing in the small town of Milford, Maine. Her work has appeared on several sites including GreenandSave.com, where she writes The Green Mom column. She has written on many subjects, including home improvement, gardening, low-income living, writing and homeschooling.