Growing Herbs In Hanging Baskets

Growing a herb garden can take up a lot of space and a lot of people who would like to grow a herb garden don’t have the space to do so or at least they think they don’t have the space to do so.  There is a way that even the smallest, cramped quarters can reap the benefits of having an herb garden; growing herbs in hanging baskets.

First of all, you are going to need some baskets.  A good size for this purpose is 12 inches deep and 12 to 16 inches wide.  Wire baskets work best and are the most decorative.  Line the basket with sphagnum moss, coco-fiber or any other organic material. Next find a sturdy location sheltered from the wind to hang the baskets.  I have found that hanging the baskets tiered on top of one another works best because after you water the top plant, the water will drip down to the next plant and so on, keeping the plants well hydrated.  Now you are ready to start planting!

When choosing your herbs, decide what you will be using the herbs for and pick herbs that you will use.  Pretty much any herb will grow well in a basket except herbs that tend to grow tall or are heavy.  Thyme, spicy globe, basil, oregano, lemon balm, chocolate mine and savoury are great choices for a hanging basket.

To make your baskets look more colourful and appealing to the eye, you can also plant some vegetables with your herbs.

Herbs in hanging baskets have many of the same requirements as herbs that grow in a garden.  Here are some of the things your herbs will need to grow healthy:

  • Your plants will need a rich high nutrient soil
  • Your plants will need to be watered regularly
  • Your plants will need enough sunlight. You should turn the baskets 1/4 turn each week.
  • Your plants will need to be harvested on time

Before you start planting, soak the liner for a few hours.  After they are done soaking, place in the basket and fill with soil and begin planting.  Harvest the same way you would if the herbs were growing in a garden.

There are many advantages to growing herbs in hanging baskets.  First of all, there is no bending down to do your gardening.  Secondly, bugs and pests will be easier to get rid of as they will be concentrated to only the basket instead of a whole garden.  And thirdly, you won’t have to do much weeding.

Now you are ready to enjoy the benefits of growing your herbs in hanging baskets and to enjoy the benefits you will get from the plants you grow!