Want to grow vegetables at home but don’t have enough space? Get some hanging baskets! Growing vegetables in hanging baskets is a creative way of saving space and having homegrown vegetables. It is visually appealing and reduces the chances of many pests and insects too.
Now, if you are wondering which vegetables to plant, check these five best vegetables that can grow in hanging baskets and decide for yourself!
Tomatoes are a common ingredient in most dishes, whether salads, curries, or sandwiches. Cherry tomatoes are small, about 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. They are vining plants so they might require constant pruning, but they can thrive in 6-inch deep hanging baskets. Choose a determinate variety if you want to grow compact, bush-like tomato plants at home. The only disadvantage will be that it will produce a single crop.
Cherry tomatoes need the same growing conditions as large tomatoes. Grow them at a temperature of around 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Four to six hours of sunlight with about 1 to 2 inches of water every week is best for them. Don’t forget to use a well-draining potting mix.
Fun DIY: Make a small hole at the bottom of a hanging basket and fill the basket with a potting mix from above. Push the roots of a young tomato plant into the basket from the hole you created and grow tomatoes upside down.
Do you like cucumbers? Then, grow them in hanging baskets at home and get fresh cucumbers all year! This tasty vegetable requires full sun (six to eight hours every day) and flourishes when the day temperatures are around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and night temperatures are around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Water them about 1 inch per week and enjoy the harvest.
Small cucumber varieties can grow in baskets indoors or outdoors, like ‘spacemaster,’ which produces 7.5-inch long cucumbers, or ‘pick a bushel,’ which has about 6-inch long cucumbers. However, some varieties might require hand or insect pollination, so keep that in mind before planting.
Another healthy green that you can grow in hanging baskets at home is lettuce. But, you must choose the varieties carefully, as they might have different temperature requirements. For instance, ‘crisphead,’ ‘butterhead,’ and ‘romaine’ lettuce varieties grow better in cooler temperatures, while the ‘looseleaf’ varieties can tolerate heat.
Five to six hours of direct sunlight is best for growing lettuce, but some shade is needed in the summer afternoons. Provide at least 1 inch of water per week. You may add some mulch over your potting mix to retain the moisture on hot days.
DIY Lettuce Globe: Take two hemispherical wire baskets with coco liners. Fill them with a potting mix and join the baskets to make a sphere. Then make small holes in the basket and push lettuce seedlings through them. You have your lettuce globe!
The compact sizes of ornamental pepper plants make them perfect for hanging baskets. Ornamental peppers grow toward the sun and change colors as they mature. The Bright yellow, lavender, and orange shades of these peppers are worth a sight.
Ornamental peppers need 12 hours of sunlight and well-draining soil. Not to mention, water the peppers whenever the top 1 inch of soil becomes dry. Varieties like the ‘basket of fire’ are specially made for growing in hanging baskets.
Build your own garden by planting basil, cilantro, parsley, and many more herbs in hanging baskets. You can grow herbs like cilantro and basil all year long if you provide them with the right environment.
A temperature between 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night is best for growing herbs. Plant the herbs in well-draining, highly fertile soil and ensure six to eight hours of sunlight daily. Keep in mind that herbs might have different watering requirements like oregano prefers the soil to be slightly dry between the waterings, while mint and lovage prefer moist soils all the time.
Pair-Up Herbs: Some herbs can thrive together in the same planter, mainly because they have similar growing needs. Basil is one herb that can be planted together with many others, like oregano, rosemary, and thyme.
Hang in There!
Vegetables in hanging baskets are the new decor. Hanging baskets will maximize your garden space and will add more visual interest to it. So whether you are a fan of herbs, cucumbers, or peppers, plant them in hanging baskets and create your own vegetable garden right away!
Are you planning to grow vegetables in hanging baskets? Which ones would you pick? Share in the comments.