Hello there, and a very happy Friday to all you flower lovers!
To celebrate the arrival of another wonderful weekend, I wanted to have a little more flower fun with you guys… or plant pleasure… or garden goodness. However you choose to look at it, there’s an always applicable alliteration! This dreary rain simply will not go away, so I wanted to get a few more gifts from the ever-so-generous garden gods transplanted. It’s not just herbs that are popping up everywhere, lots of other plants are quickly following suit. Daisies, poppies, pansies, and berries, just to name a few. The strawberry plants are in full bloom; I’ve even spotted the very first teeny, tiny berries beginning to grow. Each year, however, the plants seem to want to spread beyond their designated borders, to break loose from the confines of their corner in the garden. Previous years, I’ve been temped to let them stay, resulting in a strawberry patch that has slowly sprawled throughout the seasons. This has eventually allowed them to dominate about 1/4 of the vegetable garden. Not that I have anything wrong with strawberries, I love them almost as much as the slugs do. It’s just that I’d also like to grow a few other things too.
Since I’ve been bitten by the transplantation bug, I decided to have a go at something new. I figured I’d take advantage of Mother Nature’s generosity and make an edible hanging basket full of volunteer plants found growing in the garden. Mints, bee balm, strawberries, and nasturtiums. Okay, fine, I planted the nasturtiums… but doesn’t it at least count that they were seeds harvested from last year’s plants? All of the plants appeal just as much to the eye as they do to the tummy… with an added bonus that they have a natural tendency to hang loose!
I gathered up all of my supplies (a hanging basket complete with a chain, a square section of chicken wire, moss foraged from a moist and shady corner of the field, potting soil, sphagnum moss purchased at the local gardening store, bee balm plants, mint seedlings that magically appeared in the garden, strawberry suckers, and nasturtium seedlings) and got to work.
First things first, I flipped the dome-shaped basket upside-down and lined the cavity with my foraged moss. The sheets of greenery will keep any soil from escaping with an added bonus of making the basket look lush and lovely.
Next I added some potting soil.
To top it off, I secured the dirt in place with my square section of chicken wire. As an additional security, I squeezed a bit of sphagnum moss into each section of chicken wire… this will make sure that no soil falls out.
Now it’s time to get planting! Using your fingers, spread sections of the moss apart just enough to tuck the rootballs of your little plants safely within the soil. Don’t worry if all of your pushing and prying leaves you with bald patches of brown dirt. You can always add a blanket of fresh, green moss on top of your newly planted babies.
Once you’re happy with the aesthetic appeal of your edible goodies, you should place the basket (flat side down, dome side up) outside and water regularly. It should only be a matter of a couple weeks before your little plants become happy in their new home and generate a healthy new network of roots. Take comfort in knowing that as the plants mature and adapt to their new abode everything will slowly fill.
That being said, I couldn’t help hanging up this bad boy to snap a few photos. I’m planning on adding a few more plants (maybe even some colorful flowers?) on top once the basket is well-rooted and ready to hang. Imagine meandering over to your basket o’ plenty and snipping off a sprig of mint to stick in your ice-cold glass of lemonade or plucking a plump, red strawberry and popping it straight into your mouth. Yum!
Consider this a work in progress- I look forward to showing you guys the finished product over the course of the next few weeks!
Is this a project you guys would consider making yourselves? If so, what would you guys add to your little edible masterpiece?
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and I’ll see you on Monday! :)