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Specialty Gardening: need ideas for BASKET LINERS for wire containers

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March 28, 2002
12:14 AM

Post #25729

Hi Does anyone have any ideas for ways to LINE WIRE BASKETS?

The store bought fibre liners seem to cost about $10. each here.

I was lucky to find some great wire baskets at a garage sale but don't want to spend that much on the liners...
Any frugal suggestions that will work as well?

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Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)

March 28, 2002
12:28 AM

Post #233464

Hi, Mummy: I can't recall where you live, but here I go out in the woods and get moss! It grows on old stumps and on the base of trees. If it has small ferns or other vegetation growing in it, all the better.

After lining the wire hanging basket with moss (moss side out), I begin putting the soil in a bit at a time, so that I can plug through the wire to have violas and lobelia growing through the sides of the basket.

Sometimes I weave small dead branches around the wire, or add sea shells, etc. It's wonderful fun, and much lovelier than the liners they offer for big dollars.
North Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2002
3:17 PM

Post #234125

hey you two! I have used some ordinary burlap sacking as the main cradle, then added garden or lawn-grown moss..E.

March 29, 2002
5:47 PM

Post #234166

Old clothes can be used as a liner or even plastic shopping bags with lots of holes punched in them.

March 29, 2002
7:38 PM

Post #234195

All great ideas...I bought these ten BIG wire baskets for $1.00 and did not want to buy 10 coconut fibre liners at 10 each...$100. for liners seemed crazy!
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2002
12:11 PM

Post #238088

I used to have a friend in England who owned a nursery and she would do hundreds of baskets for the town displays. She always lined hers with moss first and then black plastic and as Baa commented, punched holes in the plastic. Then she would place a round of old carpet at the base. This still enabled her to poke the plants through the wire from the outside in. Her displays were wonderful and lasted the whole season even suffering neglect because they were in public places hung from lamp posts and such.

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