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What you need:
  • Hanging basket
  • Knife
  • Plastic bag
  • Water gardening soil
  • Marginal aquatic plants
  • Slow release water plant fertilizer
  • Pea gravel or decorative rocks
The first step in planting a hanging basket water garden is selecting the pot. Any pot with a removable drainage tray can be used. The pot will have to be made watertight before proceeding.
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Remove the tray from the outside of the pot and set it aside. Next, line the inside of the pot with a plastic trash bag. Place the drainage tray inside the pot, on top of the plastic liner.
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The plastic should come up to about 1" from the rim of the pot. Use a sharp knife to trim off the excess plastic.
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Add some water gardening soil to the pot. If you cannot find any soil made specifically for water gardening, generic cat litter (the non-clump-forming kind) can be substituted. The pot should be about half filled.
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Start adding plants. Place the plants along the outer perimeter of the pot. Just about any marginal aquatic can be used in a hanging water garden. Once the plants are in place, fill around them with water gardening soil or cat litter.
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Insert a tab of water gardening fertilizer in the center of the pot.
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Top-dress the pot with washed pea gravel or other decorative rocks.
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Hang the basket. Fill it about half full of water and the hanging water garden is finished.