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AHRAHR Sheffield Posts: 361

I have grown tomatoes in hanging baskets for the last 6 years with some good success. 

I normaly have fou tomato baskets along my south facing fence. 

Next year I'm thinking about having four different fruit/veg baskets but I'm not too sure what to go for. 

I was wondering what experiences people have had with fruit/veg in hanging baskets? 

Thanks 

andy

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  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 558

    In my humble experience pots are a lot better option for vegetables than hanging baskets. If you're not looking for a knockout display, pots hold a lot more moisture, plus you can fill them with rich compost and get a good crop from aubergines, courgettes, cucumbers and lots of other warm-loving stuff, with much less effort. The only thing i would recommend for baskets is small-sized tomatoes and strawberries, though both need daily watering. Good luck. Ian

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  • AHRAHR Sheffield Posts: 361

    Thanks for your reply. 

    I was thinking about trying - 

    1. chilis  - Prairie Fire’

    2. strawberry - Alpin varieties 

    3. Tomato - cherry type (this year I have hundreds and thousands and f1 tumbler variety) with good crops. 

    4. Beans - not sure if this will work. 

    If all fails I will probably replace with herbs or salads and go back to tomatos the following year. 

    I don't really have the space to grow any more veg in pots. i have two large pots that I grow various veg in throughout the year. 

    Thanks 

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Giddy

    I find chillies in hanging baskets in the greenhouse do really well; they don't like wet feet so I think are more tolerant if you can't water them throughout the day. I've not had much luck with chillies outside however (South Yorkshire) so baskets for me are a brilliant way at stopping the greenhouse filling up too quickly.

    I always grow my strawberries in hanging baskets (to keep them out of dog range). The alphines seem happier with this set up but I repot every year and sink upturned plastic bottles in (with the end cut off) so that I can get water to them easily. They do dry out very easily and on the hottest of days they will wilt badly if I haven't topped up the water tubs.

    I've grown tumbling toms for the first time this year and on hot days I've been watering three times a day (in the pot that I haven't sunk plastic bottles in too. In terms of productivity I can't really compare to pots or ground as I've not grown these before.

    Beans; I'm really not sure this would work. You can buy dwarf beans but I'd not waste my time and put these in pots instead.

  • AHRAHR Sheffield Posts: 361

    Fabulous. Thanks for your reply. That's really helpful. 

    For the fourth basket I will just go with some herbs or salads.

    I am a complete novice when it comes to fruit and veg.

    i tend to grow one thing a year (this year courgettes) plus my potatos and 4 baskets of tomatos. 

    Thanks 

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