How to plant a hang­ing bas­ket in six easy steps

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

1 Fill your bas­ket to the depth where you want your trail­ing plants to emerge, then cut holes in the lin­ing.

2 Wrap the roots of trail­ing plants in plas­tic and care­fully slide them through the holes. Re­move the plas­tic.

3 Plant your cen­tral top plant (I chose a frosted sedge), teas­ing out any con­gested and cir­cling roots first.

4 Add the pe­riph­eral plants, plant­ing to the same depth as their root­ball. Add bulbs as well.

5 Top up the bas­ket with com­post. Don’t worry about gaps –they will be filled as the plants grow.

6 Wa­ter the bas­ket well, even if rain is fore­cast, to set­tle the soil around the roots and sta­bilise the plants.

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