EASY step-by-steps TO MAKE A HERB BASKET
Gather your supplies
• Sphagnum moss
• 35cm wide open-wire hanging basket
• Homemade potting mix (see above) or herb and vegetable potting mix
• A selection of small flowering plants (such as lobelia, nasturtium, snapdragon and black-eyed Susan)
• A selection of herbs (such as sage, mint, strawberry, rosemary, coriander, thyme, parsley, chives, tarragon, basil, chilli, sorrel and curry)
• Small terracotta pot
FOR YOU TO NOTE
Mint is a runner, so plant it in a small terracotta pot to contain it. Use terracotta, as it’s porous.
STEP 1 Pre-soak sphagnum moss in water, then line basket.
STEP 2 Half-fill basket with pre-made potting mix.
STEP 3 Remove trailing plants from their containers (such as lobelia and strawberry) and plant through the basket side, pushing them through the moss and into the potting mix.
STEP 5 Take your herbs and flowers out of their pots and arrange in the basket, leaving a space in the centre for the mint.
STEP 6 Repot the mint into a terracotta pot and position in the centre of the basket.
STEP 7 Backfill around plants with potting mix and firm down gently. Water in well. Liquid-feed regularly.