HOW TO PLANT A BAS­KET

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Flower Feast -

To cre­ate a stun­ning flower dis­play, plant into the sides of the bas­ket as well as the top. For quicker results, use ad­vanced seedlings.

Gather your sup­plies

• Wire bas­ket • Fi­bre liner • Sharp knife • Seedlings • Pot­ting mix • Trowel or scoop • Slow-re­lease fer­tiliser

Here’s how

STEP 1 Fit the liner into the bas­ket. Us­ing the knife, cut plant­ing slits through the liner, around the lower por­tion of the bas­ket. Care­fully plant seedlings through the slits, by feed­ing the root­ball from the out­side, and guid­ing it with your other hand in­side the bas­ket. Part-fill the bas­ket with pot­ting mix, cov­er­ing the seedling root­balls.

STEP 2 Use the knife to cut a sec­ond layer of plant­ing slits, around the up­per por­tion of the bas­ket. Re­peat the seedling plant­ing process, as used in pre­vi­ous step.

STEP 3 Plant out the top of the bas­ket with more seedlings, plac­ing an up­right grower in the cen­tre and trail­ing plants around the outer edges of the bas­ket.

STEP 4 Fill in all re­main­ing gaps with pot­ting mix, press­ing it down gen­tly to en­sure there are no air pock­ets. Sprin­kle a lit­tle slow-re­lease fer­tiliser over the soil sur­face and water thor­oughly. Al­low the bas­ket to drain be­fore hang­ing it up.

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