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I’m a gardening pro – why a cheap essential is the answer to watering your hanging baskets a lot less

Keeping your plants alive and healthy doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

There are simple solutions garden owners can try that will simplify the watering process and help plants in hanging baskets live longer.

A gardening expert named Sophie shares a tip on how to water hanging plant baskets

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A gardening expert named Sophie shares a tip on how to water hanging plant basketsPhoto credit: TikTok / @thecornishhome

Sophie, who runs The Cornish Home account on TikTok, shares gardening tips with her 25,000 followers

The video, which she posted on March 17, 2022, describes a DIY garden hack that is making a world of difference.

According to Sophie, you must first line your hanging basket with fresh soil.

Next she says to add sponges throughout the soil to retain extra water.

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your reason for this? Hanging baskets are known to dry out far too quickly.

Sophie says, “Maybe you need to water [your plants] More than once a day, though [the sponges] help me.”

She adds: “Learn from my mistakes. If you have white flowers in it, don’t put colored sponges in it!”

Using colorful sponges might accidentally turn your white flowers into unexpected colors.

Next, add slow-release fertilizer, avoiding a few inches near the edges of the basket.

The number of plants you want to add depends on the size of the hanging basket you are using.

In Sophie’s video, she plants three different types of petunias in the same soil.

Her next tip is to plant the flowers at slight angles so they can grow tall and fall in the right direction.

According to Sophie, adding sponges to the soil keeps your plants hydrated

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According to Sophie, adding sponges to the soil keeps your plants hydratedPhoto credit: TikTok / @thecornishhome

Sophie’s final tip is to start making these baskets around April so they can be nicely displayed in the summer.

Countless people in their comments section on TikTok are grateful for the insightful gardening tips.

One person wrote: “OMG thank you so much for that.”

She responded by saying, “You are more than welcome. happy to help Just beware of frosts and they will make a wonderful spectacle for you.”

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Another person added: “This is fantastic advice. Thank you very much. Mine falls out every year and I can now see that it’s because I’m not feeding enough, not drinking enough and drinking too much.”

A third person chimed in, saying, “I can’t wait to make my first hanging baskets this year! I’ll definitely use the sponge tip – thanks.”

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5519395/hanging-watering-plants-garden-hack/ I’m a gardening pro – why a cheap essential is the answer to watering your hanging baskets a lot less

Jessica MacLeish

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