How to Hang Vegetable Planters


A container garden gives you a chance to grow vegetables without the need of suitable land. Placed on a balcony, patio, or anywhere with suitable sunlight allows you to grow in even the smallest of spaces. If ground space is at a premium, grow vegetables in hanging baskets. Some cherry tomatoes, dwarf peppers and even strawberries can be grown in this way. While they may not produce as much as larger vegetable varieties, the harvest will still be satisfying.

Step 1

Choose baskets with drainage holes in the bottom. Drill four ½-inch holes in the bottom if there are no existing holes on plastic baskets.

Step 2

Fill the basket to within 2 inches of the rim with a soilless potting mix. Water the mix until it begins draining out of the bottom drainage holes to ensure it is equally moist throughout.

Step 3

Sow the vegetable transplant into the potting mix to the same depth they were planted at in their nursery pots. Water the plant just until it begins to drip from the bottom of the basket.

Step 4

Choose a place to hang the basket that receives at least six hours of sunlight a day. Drill a hole in a sturdy crossbeam that is one size smaller than the hanging hook you are using. Twist the hook in all the way then tug on it to make sure it is in securely.

Step 5

Support the bottom of the basket with one hand and slip the basket hanger over the hook with the other. If the basket is heavy, have someone else support the basket while you hang it.

Step 6

Fertilize every two weeks with a liquid fertilizer formulated for vegetable crops. Water immediately after fertilizing to prevent fertilizer burn to the plant roots.

Step 7

Check soil moisture daily and water until it drains from the bottom when the soil surface feels dry. Hanging baskets may need daily watering as they dry out more quickly than other planting areas.

Tips and Warnings

  • Soil may wash out of some hanging baskets. Place a coffee filter over each hole before filling with soil to prevent this.

Things You'll Need

  • Basket
  • Drill
  • Potting mix
  • Transplants
  • Hook
  • Fertilizer


  • Maryland Cooperative Extension: Container Gardening
Keywords: hanging vegetable basket, container gardens, small space gardening

About this Author

Jenny Harrington is a freelance writer of more than five years' experience. Her work has appeared in "Dollar Stretcher" and various blogs. Previously, she owned her own business for four years, selling handmade items online, wholesale and via the crafts fair circuit. Her specialties are small business, crafting, decorating and gardening.