Don't have a garden? Hanging baskets are an easy way to grow delicious herbs, let us show you how...
Choose The Right Herbs
While some of the best herbs for hanging baskets are those that are comfortable in potting environments, basically any type of herb can be successfully grown in this way as long as you provide adequate growing conditions and drainage. Although you can grow any herb in a hanging basket, here are some good choices to start with, as well as the most common:
Dill, Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, Chives, and Marjoram
If you're feeling a bit edgy, you can try some more interesting varieties such as:
Penny Royal, Lemon Balm, Calendula, Ginger and Salvia.
Choose A Sturdy Basket
Hanging planters is a heavy business. Choose something that will hold up to tremendous weight, constant moisture, winds and movement.
Choose The Best Location
The best planted herbal baskets need constant monitoring and watering. Always plant them where you can comfortably reach on a regular basis. Don't forget that a fully potted and watered hanging basket is HEAVY! Your hooks need to be strong and attached firmly in order to avoid any injuries.
Finally, as you water, your hanging basket will drip. Take a moment to consider where that water will be going. Is it pooling on a deck, or falling onto a parked vehicle?
It's All About Location
When you are designing herbal hanging baskets, don't forget the often overlooked areas, and pot up something that will thrive! You could also rotate your hanging baskets into sunny and shady locations, without hurting the herbs.
Don't Neglect Your Hanging Herb Gardens
Once they are potted and hanging in plain view, it is easy to forget that your baskets need extra care. They are exposed on all sides by airflow, meaning that evaporation is at its highest. They are often out in the full sunlight, requiring more watering than even a container pot on the same porch. Check your hanging baskets first thing in the morning, and last thing at night for watering needs. Rotate hanging baskets weekly, to ensure even growth on all sides.
Don't forget to prune!
Your herbs may be the showcase element for your porch, but they are still available for you to enjoy as well.