Form and function go hand in hand in this mini hanging garden Change the contents with the seasons and pop in a few flowers for added color

When you choose your herbs, think about their leaf shapes, colors and growing habit. We selected wild creeping thyme as a groundcover and oregano to cascade over the sides, then contrasted the broad-leafed herb comfrey with the feathery foliage of the curry plant. Then we selected lime-scented geranium for its delicious fragrance, yellow-flowered marigolds for a color burst, and basil, parsley, chives and Vietnamese mint for their versatile culinary value.

To care for your ball

• Select a secure position to hang the finished herb ball, as it is heavy when watered. Choose hooks and brackets that are designed to withstand the weight. Never attach brackets to crumbling brickwork or rotting wood.

• Until the roots are established, hang the ball in a position that receives only morning sun for one to two weeks. Herbs love the sun, so move it to a sunny spot, away from drying winds.

• Feed the ball fortnightly with water-soluble fertilizer.

• Water daily through the holes on top.

• Use a spray bottle to water the foliage so the herb ball gets a good drink.

Always wear garden gloves to protect your fingers from the sharp edges of cut wire.

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□ 2 metal hanging baskets

□ 2 coconut fiber basket liners

(or bark liner or sphagnum moss)

□ small bag of perlite and vermiculite mix

O good-quality potting mix containing both a slow-release fertilizer and a wetting agent

□ plastic wrap O wire

□ corrugated cardboard

O selection of herbs (see opposite)

□ wire-cutting pliers

□ scissors

Q garden gloves d florist's watering can spray bottle

□ water-soluble fertilizer

(see To care for your ball opposite)

Continue reading here: To make your herb ball

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