Last year, I grew flowers in my hanging baskets (I’ve got 3). Now, don’t get me wrong they were certainly lovely to look at, but this year I’m trying to maximize the amount of food plants in my yard. I can only have so many pots in my little yard before my poor dog starts rebelling that I’m taking over her territory. So, the ability to off-load a couple of extra plants to the baskets was quite appealing.
Luckily, there are a few different food plants that will happily produce in baskets:
- Herbs – they don’t take up much space and don’t need particularly deep pots.
- Select tomato varieties will grow well in a basket (Tumbling Tom was the variety I had my eye on, but unfortunately my local greenhouse thought I was a real weirdo when I asked for that specific species. In fact, the employee I spoke with said “the only thing I know about tomatoes, is that they need cages” …I get it, he was a young guy. But, by the same token, that’s part of the reason I started writing this blog. It’s wild that something as important as growing fresh, healthy food remains such a mystery to so many people.)
- Lettuces & dark leafy greens – they’re lightweight and don’t need a super deep root system
- Strawberries – you may have seen pre-planted strawberry plants in baskets at your local nursery
I eat vegetables, and love them. But, my real soft spot is for fruit. I eat more of it than is probably recommended, but I have no regrets about that. So, when a hanging tomato plant was off the table, I easily set my sights on a hanging strawberry plant. I scooped up a strawberry plant from the nursery that had “basket” in the title and off I went.
This is the first variety I snagged:
Then I realized that my insatiable love for berries would likely surpass what one strawberry plant could possibly produce. So, the next time I was at the hardware store, I scooped up a different variety of organic strawberry to plant in my last open hanging basket.
The leaves of the second plant are larger, and it’s less bushy, so I’m interested to see how it fares in a basket set up – stay tuned.
I figured that two varieties would give me the best chance for success, the best opportunity to learn and you know, the best chance for two baskets o’ berries.
I’d love to hear from you – what foods have you successfully grown in hanging baskets?