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15/06/2013 at 23:41

Hello, I've not had much luck with gardening so far and I was hoping someone could help me with what fruit and vegetables are ok for growing in hanging basketd, I only have a back yard with 8 wall baskets. 

Thank you x

16/06/2013 at 08:04

In the past I've grown strawberries in hanging baskets fixed to a sunny fence - they didn't crop heavily but there were enough to  have a few for breakfast with my cereal most mornings.  I put a different variety in each basket to try to stagger the cropping dates.

Good luck 

16/06/2013 at 08:08

Nicola, you can certainly grow some of the smaller, determinate tomato varieties in a hanging basket. One plant per basket. Quite a few people in this forum do so and someone will undoubtedly be along to suggest varieties.

16/06/2013 at 08:08

There are little tomatoes that go well in hanging baskets

16/06/2013 at 09:25

I've grown Tumbling Tom toamtoes in hanging baskets. Here's a link about the best varieties

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/5054902/Best-tomatoes-for-hanging-baskets.html

I've also tried strawberries, but like Dove, didn't find they crop very well. I've just bought a couple of Mints which trail.

What soil/compost you use is even more important in baskets/containers than it is in the garden - as is feeding

16/06/2013 at 10:56

Thank you for the responses, I will have a go on Saturday with some tomatoes, strawberries and mint, fingers crossed! X

16/06/2013 at 21:12

I'm growing Tumbling Toms as well, its coming along nicely at the moment. Pic below of current progress.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25659.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 @Quercus_rubur how often do you feed your TT's?

16/06/2013 at 21:24

Ooh they look great, do you think I could grow them now or is it a bit late?

16/06/2013 at 21:34

I am no expert but these plants are atleast 2 months old, probably a little longer.  so from seed i would guess no, but if you can find a plant in your local GC you might get one that has already started.

if you have an Aldi near by they have strawberry/tomato hanging baskets on sale from next thursday for 4 quid.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/thursday-specialbuys-20th-june/product-detail/ps/p/strawberrytomato-hanging-baskets/

16/06/2013 at 21:46

I saw something where someone had put a lot of plug plant lettuces in a hanging basket and it looked like a ball of lettuce and they snipped it as needed as a cut and come again crop very unusual

16/06/2013 at 21:53

Love that idea Girlyfox, just googled it and found this link.

http://rainyside.com/container/MossLettuceBasket.html

Looks like a nice way to grow lettuce.

16/06/2013 at 23:37

Yes it is a great idea for greenfingered people with limited space, also my daughter and i are growing round carrots this year these are great for pots on the patio.

17/06/2013 at 12:49

Thanks Singy, I'll see if I can get some on Thursday, I love the lettuce idea too Girlyfox, I'll try to get some plug plants this week x

17/06/2013 at 15:23

I think you could do the lettuce anytime, one seed tray and a packet of seeds and they will be ready in a month

17/06/2013 at 21:20

Singy, in hanging baskets I feed once a week, and water in between if it's very hot. It's important with tomatoes not to let them dry out, but also not to water irregularly. After years of those wire baskets I now use the solid Stewart ones with a capillary matting on the base. They're cheap and supply water on a small, regular basis

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