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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring DIY: Easy Hanging Baskets

It's that time of year to get your garden ready for Spring. Even if you're not an avid gardener- or just don't have the coveted green thumb!- you can add visual interest to your deck or patio with hanging baskets. You don't have to spend an arm and a leg to make them, and it's a fun DIY project to do with the kids to get them outside & learn about gardening. Have them help pick out the plants & baskets to encourage their interest- when the baskets are finished they'll have a sense of pride from helping and the satisfaction of watching them grow. Involve them in watering and maintaining them- it will get them out in the fresh air and teach them responsibility; when they've participated in the process they'll be more interested and enthusiastic to help. (These also make great Mother's Day gifts for the Grandmas or for your hubby to make with the kids for you!)




MATERIALS
Hanging baskets 
5 plants per basket 
(Tip: pick something tall to plant in the middle; pick 1-2 vines & trailing plants & 1- 2 low- lying plants for visual interest. Ask someone at your local garden centre for suggestions)
Soil
Trowel
Watering can & water

Approximate cost for 2 hanging baskets: $25- 30

DIRECTIONS
1. Select your baskets & plants
The larger your baskets the more plants you will need. I used moss- lined wire baskets with the following plants:
- 1 spiky grass (tallest plant, in centre of basket)
- 2 pansies per basket in opposite corners (low- lying plant)
- 1 petunia per basket (low- lying/ trailing)
- 1 vine per basket

2. Fill your baskets approx. 1/3- 1/2 full with soil, distributing evenly.

3. Place the plants in the baskets where you would like them arranged & adjust until your satisfied with their placement; remove your plants from their pots & loosen the dirt around their roots

4. Add enough soil to fill up to the base of the plants; press the plants into the soil to make sure they won't shift

5. Hang your baskets & water

For maintenance, make sure you water the baskets 1-2 times per day during the Summer in the morning and/ or evening (the leaves can get burnt if you water them in the scorching heat); remove dead foliage & flowers as needed.

I'll try and add some photos when they've grown to show their progress.


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