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................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. ............................. Made in the UK. Another British innovation.Developed on our nursery.There are many Garden or Yard Hanging basket liners on the market ranging from traditional sphagnum moss to the modern synthetic materials. Listed below are some of them and an idea of what they are like when put to use ( Opinion based on our using them on our nursery in the past). Sphagnum moss liners; needs a good layer in order to hold compost in place (especially where hanging basket bars are wide apart ). Gives excellent appearance but is prone, after hanging out, to be stripped bare by birds for use as nesting material. Not re-usable. Ease of use; fairly difficult for beginners. Suppliers; Most Garden Centres Price; Fairly expensive.. . . . Pre-formed wood fibre hanging basket liners; Holds compost well but difficult to plant through sides. Reasonable appearance when new. Re-usable; yes. Ease of use; easy to fill and plant top. Sides; Difficult to make holes. Suppliers; Most Garden Centres Price; Reasonable. . . . . The Amateurs Answer hanging basket liners; Holds compost well. Easy to plant both sides and top. Can be used on all basket types. Excellent appearance. Re-usable. Ease of use; Fast, neat and easy for amateur or professional use. Suppliers; www.a1hangingbaskets.co.uk Price; Reasonable. . . . . Foam rubber hanging basket liners; Holds compost quite well. Easy to plant top, sides not so easy. Poor appearance. Re-usable. Suppliers; Most Garden Centres Price; Cheap. . . . . Wool moss hanging basket liners; Wool industry by-product. Needs a good layer to hold compost well. Quite easy to plant up. Untidy appearance. Not re-usable. Prone, after hanging out, to be stripped bare by birds for use as nesting material. Suppliers; Most Garden Centres Price; Reasonable. . . . . Coco fibre hanging basket liners; Pre-formed. Holds compost well. Easy to fill and plant top. Side planting difficult. Nice appearance and re-usable. Prone, after hanging out, to be stripped bare by birds for use as nesting material. Suppliers; Most Garden Centres Price; Expensive. . . . . Supermoss hanging basket liners; Holds compost well. Easy to fill and plant top. Side planting OK until you need to cut through an overlap in material. Nice appearance. Prone, after hanging out, to be stripped bare by birds for use as nesting material. Suppliers; Most garden centres Price; Expensive. . MAKING UP a Hanging Basket After fitting your basket liner it is helpful, when making a hanging basket up for the summer season, to place a 12" or 14" diameter piece of polythene in the bottom of the basket which will act as a reservoir. ( Do not use this in a winter basket as root damage will occur should the stored water freeze.) Use a good quality multi purpose potting compost to fill your basket. When using sphagnum moss fill to one third of depth and insert about six of the plants you have decided to use, spacing them equally around the perimeter. At this stage it is advisable to add one of the many slow release fertilizers which are available. Most fertilizers are soluble, so that each time you water your hanging basket you will wash out (waste) some of it. Slow release fertilizers on the other hand, have the fertilizer sealed within a resin shell which releases it gradually over a long period through micropores in the resin casing. Overwatering should have no effect on the release period. Slow release fertilizers can be obtained to give 6/12/18 and 24 month release periods to suit various purposes. 6 month being ideal for a hanging basket, tub or other container planted up for summer in the UK. Soluble fertilizers can give even better results but these require constant monitoring, so devoted care is required, when using them, to obtain the best from your hanging basket. Wetting agents can be added to the compost when making up (or later as a top dressing). We have had very positive feedback from our customers since we started using our formulation. Many of our clients are working couples who are unable to water during the day. On a very hot day a hanging basket filled with Surfinia petunias in full bloom, for instance, can require 3 or even 4 waterings in order to keep the compost moist. When this water is not applied, the compost tends to dry out from the centre and form a crust on the top surface, then when water is applied it tends to run off the top surface and over the sides, giving the impression that your basket is well watered, when in fact it is still very dry internally. A good wetting agent allows water to flow through and be absorbed by the compost. Water retaining gel's can also be incorporated into the compost. These gel's usually come in crystal form and can soak up over 100 times their own volume of water. They should be used sparingly otherwise you could find your footpath, below where the hanging basket is placed, covered in a gelatine-like substance which is very slippery and could cause an accident to the unwary. These gel's do have their benefits but do not let them give you a false sense of security where you think you can avoid watering. Regular watering is absolutely essential. When planting your hanging basket do not, as many beginners do, try to create an "instant" basket. Each plant that you use will need time, space and sufficient light to reach their potential so leave a minimum of 2 ins. (50cm) between plants. . . . < <
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