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Container Gardening - Metal Basket, Spaghnum Moss and Coconut Coir Container Gardening - Coconut Coir and Spaghnum Moss
Container Gardening in Metal Basket with Heuchera, Rabbit Foot's Fern and Neanthebella Palm
July 03, 2018

Container Gardening – Metal Basket

Go ahead and take me to a craft store. But I’m just looking at everything thinking about what I can use for plants. This metal basket caught my eye and I immediately pictured it in my shade garden with moss. Though since I live in a hot and dry region, baskets must be well insulated to do well.

Supplies

Below I’ve included the tags for the plants I selected but they are just examples. I like to pick plants of varying colors and heights for interest.

Photo Instructions

Container Gardening - Metal Basket, Spaghnum Moss and Coconut Coir
Gather supplies
Container Gardening - Heuchera, Rabbit's Foot Fern and Neanthebella Palm
Select plants
Container Gardening - Soaking Spaghnum Moss
Rehydrate spaghnum moss in bucket of water
Container Gardening - Metal Basket drilling drainage hole
If necessary, drill container*
Container Gardening - Metal Basket with screen over hole
Cover hole with screen
Container Gardening - Metal Basket and Coconut Coir
Cut coconut coir to fit sides
Container Gardening - Coconut Coir and Potting Soil
Partially fill with potting soil to keep coir in place
Container Gardening - Coconut Coir and Spaghnum Moss
Push moss down sides of basket
Container Gardening - Coconut Coir, Moss and Potting Soil
Finish filling basket with soil
Container Gardening in Metal Basket with Heuchera, Rabbit Foot's Fern and Neanthebella Palm
Place plants and tuck in moss to cover soil and edges
Container Gardening in Metal Basket with Heuchera, Rabbit Foot's Fern and Neanthebella Palm
Top view of plants

Drilling Containers

*If you drill a container, always be sure to wear protective glasses. Also, drilling metal can leave a messy hole. We use a screw driver to push the jagged edge into the inside of the basket.

Besides metal baskets, I love to repurpose containers, including ceramics. Drilling ceramics requires a diamond drill tip. They are relatively inexpensive and available at most hardware stores.

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