Hanging baskets and window boxes aren’t just for flowers and vines. Herbs, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers and other edibles can be grown this way, swinging above the ground, their stems and leaves trailing downward. So if you’re short on garden space or simply want to try something new, this may be a good option for you. You just need to be willing to give your container crops a little extra care.
“Watering is probably going to be your biggest challenge with hanging crops,” said Kate Garland, horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Any type of container garden, regardless of whether it’s in the air or on the ground, needs to have good drainage so the plants’ roots get sufficient air and aren’t sitting in stagnant water. But with water escaping out of the bottom of the container, it can be tricky to keep the soil from drying out. Therefore, it’s important to water hanging crops daily, or even twice a day, Garland said.
For the same reason, getting your crops enough nutrients can be tricky.
Then, once your hanging crops are settled into their new home — whether its a hanging basket, window box or growing bag — adding fertilizer can help your plants thrive.
Aislinn is a Bangor Daily News reporter for the Outdoors pages, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. Visit her main blog at actoutwithaislinn.bangordailynews.com.
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