January 12, 2016
Painting My New Hanging Baskets
A fun gardening project is underway at the farm.
I wanted to plant an unusual variety of perennials in hanging baskets to decorate my large front porch this summer. Many of my hanging plants, including some of my Staghorn ferns, had outgrown their containers, and were ready to be replanted.
We found a wonderful source for hanging baskets at Kinsman Company, a family owned business in eastern Pennsylvania. Kinsman offers a wide assortment of heavy-duty hanging baskets in different sizes and shapes, inspired by traditional hanging planters made in England. Once they arrived, they were painted gray to match the exterior of my home.
Here are some photos of this project's first phase - enjoy.
1 These beautiful hanging baskets made of strong welded steel arrived from Kinsman Company in Pipersville, Pennsylvania. http://www.kinsmangarden.com/
2 The baskets came in various sizes and bar patterns. They were also covered in a special plastic coating to prevent rust, and each one came with a coco coir liner.
3 These are 24-inch hanging baskets with coco-liners.
4 This style is called the "Hanging Garden" - the welded, steel bars are in an interesting vertical pattern.
5 These hanging baskets are 17-inch across.
6 These are 14-inches across.
7 And, these conical hanging baskets are also 14-inches in diameter at the open end.
8 We got at least two baskets of each major size, plus conical shaped ones. I love hanging baskets - they are so easy to plant and add eye-level color to porches, along fences, or wherever one can be hung. http://www.marthastewart.com/264098/hanging-baskets
9 The covered porch on the side of my house that overlooks the farm is the perfect place to hang big baskets of ferns. In the summer, this porch is so lush and green.
10 The porch looks so inviting when adorned with hanging baskets of beautiful plants.
11 The first step was to paint the baskets to match my home. Specially formulated plastic coating spray paint can be found in an array of colors at hardware stores and home improvement centers. Of course, we chose the color that best matched my Bedford gray.
12 Ryan removed all the coco-liners, so the baskets could be painted.
13 Kinsman offers these liners that mold their planters. Brown coconut coir is a natural fiber made from the husk of ripe coconuts. They can hold a lot of water, and provide good drainage and aeration to the plants.
14 The long fibers are matted together to form the liners.
15 Here were all the molded liners from the hanging baskets - they are about a half-inch thick and very lightweight. I am also fond of using sphagnum moss for hanging baskets.
16 The welded steel baskets were ready to be moved and painted.
17 They were placed in another location that was prepped for spray painting. We lined the table surface and the window with thick plastic, and put down stakes to support the baskets.
18 It is always a good idea to line the area with plastic or cardboard - spray painting is very messy. Under the plastic, we also covered the table with a drop cloth.
19 The first coat of spray paint was applied. Painting is best done between the temperatures of about 45-degrees and 85-degrees Fahrenheit. Too low or too high, and the paint won't bind properly.
20 For these baskets, two coats were needed.
21 The first coat of paint was binding smoothly and evenly.
22 The conical shaped baskets were also painted.
23 Here, the first coat was finished and the baskets were left to dry.
24 A few hours later, Fernando applied the second coat. Always wear a mask when doing any projects that emit fumes, and work in a well-ventilated area.
25 Both the inside and outside of each basket was painted gray.
26 Fernando is an excellent painter and always gets every nook and cranny covered.
27 The second coat was ready to dry - they look great. I can't wait to see them planted!