Earlier this year I was musing on how to add some colour to our bit of Bollington, where Henshall Road meets Grimshaw Lane. With new shops opening, I hit on the potentially challenging concept of creating eco-friendly hanging baskets. Challenging, because when I set to thinking, a hanging basket is, by design, a pretty un-green concept.
Greener gardening (and living?!) is all about trying to reduce inputs. Stuffing a load of plants in a small container and hanging it up to dry means lots of water, food and attention to keep it looking good. Furthermore, most of the plants we associate with hanging baskets are grown in Dutch greenhouses, shipped across the channel in plastic pots and consigned to the compost bin come autumn.
The idea was all but abandoned, but before entirely giving up before I’d started, happened to mention the ‘eco-hanging basket’ to Mark and Dagmara of Knowles Green who instantly commissioned one! After much hang-wringing on my part, a lovely hanging basket does now swing outside their shop. This Treehouse article explains how it was made, and how you can make one too.