Hanging planters are great for a number of things. For one, they take up little space. For another, they remove the risk of planter damage to your floor- great for getting your deposit back.
If you're simply looking to start a few vegetables or even herbs in a hanging planter, that's great too. The same principles are involved. If you're growing vegetables in a limited space, following these steps will help your plants thrive.
There's a few factors that will ensure the plants' success. The planters need good drainage in the planter; something to catch the drips to keep gardening neighborly and to protect the surrounding area; a way to insulate the soil during summer heat to retain moisture; and access to enough light for the plant variety. Some plants need less light- knowing this gives you an advantage from the start.
First, let's tackle supplies. Here's what we'll be working with to make this happen:
-a 10" coconut-lined hanging planter basket ($1 liner; $1 basket on the Dollar Tree website this spring)
-10" deep dish plastic liners
-mulch chips (free from my city, maybe yours too?)
-finished compost (free from my city; maybe yours too?)
-vegetable starts, 3 per 10" planter