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How to Grow Herbs and Vegetables in a Hanging Basket

Vegetable gardening does not get much more convenient than picking juicy cherry tomatoes and fragrant herbs from just outside your back door.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Hanging Basket Garden Provides Tasty Produce


Step 1: Get the Basics

Hanging baskets are often associated with bedding plants, but why not try planting a combination of cascading cherry tomatoes, vibrant nasturtiums, and delicious herbs instead? Kept fertilized and watered, they will look great over a long season and provide tasty fresh produce for the kitchen as well.

Container Basics:
Size: Basket at least 10 inches in diameter
Suits: Area close to the kitchen
Soil: Multipurpose potting mix
Site: Wall in full sun and sheltered from strong winds

Step 2: Buy the Plants

1 x chocolate peppermint 'Chocolate' (Image 1)
1 x parsley 'Forest Green' (Image 2)
1 x lemon thyme 'Golden Lemon' (Image 3)
1 x tomato 'Tumbler' (Image 4)
1 x chives (Image 5)
1 x nasturtium 'African Queen' (Image 6)

Step 3: Maintain Your Plants

Ensure that drainage holes have been made in the base of the basket. Place a layer of lightweight potting mix in the bottom of the basket, and then position the plants, still in their pots, to see where they will look best. Remember that trailing plants should be near the edge. Once you have settled on a design, water the plants well, remove them from their pots, and place in the basket. Fill the gaps with potting mix, firming around the plants, and water the basket thoroughly. Hang it on a sturdy hook and water regularly. Once tomatoes begin to set, apply a liquid tomato fertilizer weekly.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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