When I was planning my container garden I wanted to get as much out of the little space as possible – so that meant going UP! By lining some baskets with coconut fiber and moss, I was able to up-cycle baskets I already had to create a gallery wall of ferns on my deck. (I’m really sorry about these pictures – the moss and plants were dirty so I shot them outside in the morning sun – don’t judge, okay?)
You’ll need a basket that has high-ish sides and is narrow (I used a retired hose basket from Target (purchased a few summers ago but they always have some version of it), a hanging file basket from Pick Your Plum, and a thrifted bike basket), coconut hanging basket liners (about half a liner per basket), scissors, sheet moss (available at most craft/hobby stores but also available at some independent garden centers – I got enough fro this entire project, in nice big sheets from my neighborhood garden store), and plants that will be happy in the spot you’ve picked (these are maiden hair ferns). You’ll also need a filler for the basket – I’ll talk about that below!
Cut the coconut liner to line the bottom, back and sides of the basket. You might find it easiest to cut slits into the sides where the liner overlaps so that it lays flatter. Trim as needed, but overlap is a-ok.
The next two steps can be flip flopped depending on how you choose to proceed.
I used left over plastic plant pots to fill the bottom of the basket because it’s so deep. If the basket was deeper, I’d use bigger pots. If it was shallower, I might not have needed anything. These containers are flexible and squishable – so I made ’em fit just right.
Then, using as large of pieces of sheet moss as possible, line the front and sides of the basket with the moss. Fill in the holes as needed. The bigger the basket holes, the larger the pieces of sheet moss need to be so they don’t fall through. The ferns stayed in their pots and were just nestled right on top with the top of the pot below the moss line.
As an alternative, you could line the entire basket with the coconut fiber and fill it with soil to actually plant your plants. Packing peanuts or grocery store bags might also make a good, lightweight filler if you leave the plants in their pots.
The ferns get mostly shade all day and are as happy as can be! The basket with the (found, natural shed) antlers is a basket I picked up at HomeGoods. It made a nice ledge to put a big painted food can on (it’s filled with packing peanuts to give the fern height).
See more images from the container garden here.