is Better? Final Recap of the Experiment
I am often asked if it wouldn't be better to just get hanging baskets from the local nursery or discount store. My response is that the full-grown baskets will not last as long as the baskets I plant. To prove my point, I've been conducting this unscientific experiment this past season.
To remind you, the baskets are hanging side-by-side so there will be no difference in sun or wind exposure. The baskets are exactly the same - 12" diameter plastic pots. Both are plugged into my drip irrigation and I will do my best to treat them equally. My basket is filled with similar plants in the some color scheme: red, white and purple. The "big-box store" plant is on the left and the Patio Plants Unlimited basket is on the right. Each month I took a picture and evaluated the plants... and the votes are in!
The votes are tallied.... by a vote of 4 to 2, the Patio Plants Unlimited basket looked better, more often. While it's very tempting in May to want instant gratification by buying a ready-made basket at the big-box store, it's apparent that a little patience goes a long way!
It's been a fun experiment for me this year; I hope you enjoyed following along.
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