Hanging baskets (fruit-veg)
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in Fruit & veg
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?
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
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.
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.
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.