While I was scanning late night TV last night I came across a commercial for a "smart" fridge, one that can actually tell you when your milk is about to expire & you can see the contents while shopping so you know what to buy. Everything now syncs with everything else. We can ask Google what the weather is like before leaving the house, operate our furnace & air so when we get home the house temp is just right, get in our houses without using a key, order food without actually talking to a human & buy groceries online & then just pick them up. You see where I am going with this.
Are we as a society getting so lazy that we cannot & will not do things for ourselves? Has technology taken over? Yes it has.Do list & letter writing exist anymore? What happened to walking outside to see what the weather is in the morning so you know what jacket to wear? Do we have to be connected all the time? It just seems to be getting worse by the day.
It’s time to take your container garden off the ground. Growing vegetables and fruits in hanging baskets frees up space in your garden (and on your back porch) so that you can grow even more plants in a small space. Or even if you’re not worried about space, growing food crops in a hanging planter is still a fun way to add visual interest to your garden—who says veggies can’t be as beautiful as flowers?
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Of course, not every crop can make it in a hanging basket—watermelons are too heavy and corn is far too tall. But there are still plenty of smaller plants that won't break your basket. Maggie Saska, plant production specialist at the Rodale Institute, suggests vining crops whose fruits are light enough to handle the drooping action without breaking off, as well as smaller upright varieties.
When choosing your basket, go with one that will be able to support the weight of growing vines and produce, as well as water. A basket that hangs from a chain will be a better bet than a basket with a plastic hook, for example.
Prepare the basket just as you would for planting flowers, with a good potting mix. Saska advises applying a slow-release fertilizer or fish emulsion throughout the summer as it can be difficult for produce to get all the nutrients they need in a container. You’ll also have to be vigilant about watering, especially in the height of summer, because soil in hanging baskets dries out quickly. Consider placement of the basket too, based on what type of crop you're growing. Hanging your planter beneath your porch roof likely won't provide enough sunlight for most crops, for example, but a shepherd's hook or your garden fence will work just fine.
Otherwise, growing produce in hanging baskets isn't much different from growing it in pots on the ground! Here are a few crops that will do well way up high.