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Strawberry hanging basket

Overview

A hanging basket packed with strawberry plants not only looks great, but will provide you with rich pickings of fresh fruit over several weeks, and all for just a few pounds. Choose your varieties carefully and you can have fruit from June until early autumn.


Plant it: March - April
At its best: June - July
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

Making a drainage hole

1

Make a hole in the polythene lining of your basket to allow for drainage.


Filling the basket with compost

2

Fill the basket with compost to just below the rim using multi-purpose with a bit of loam-based compost added.


Planting strawberry plants

3

Space the strawberry plants evenly around the edge of the basket. As a guide, a 35cm basket will hold four plants.


Hanging up the basket

4

Hang the basket in a sheltered, sunny spot to help the fruit ripen and encourage pollinating insects.


Watering the hanging basket

5

Water well to settle the compost and encourage the roots to grow. Start feeding once flowering has finished.


Adam's tip

Mix water-retaining gel and slow-release feed granules into the compost before planting.

Don't plant strawberry plants too deep. The crown, or centre, of the plant should be at soil level.

If the basket is hanging against a wall, turn it regularly so that all the fruits are exposed to some sun.




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myself 24/11/2011 at 15:28

wish I'd read this earlier as it's maybe too late to start a basket?

harryjo11648 24/11/2011 at 15:28

great thanks .cant wait to start. jo.