Plant a pollinator-friendly hanging basket
If you have an external wall or fence post that you are able to mount a bracket on, then a hanging basket can be a great way to support your local pollinators.
Step 1: Line your hanging basket with conifer clippings or an old woolly jumper (don’t use sphagnum as this may have come from a peatland).
Step 2: Add a couple of layers of thin plastic (such as an old bread bag) into the base to help retain moisture, but pierce a few drainage holes in it to avoid it becoming waterlogged.
Step 3: Fill two-thirds full with a peat-free compost. Plant tall plants in the centre, followed by smaller plants around it and trailing plants around the sides.
Step 4: Fill in any gaps with compost.
Step 5: Hang your basket in a sunny spot and water regularly.
Tall central plants: knapweed, scabious, lavender
Smaller plants: pansies, marigolds, sweet alyssum
Trailers: ivy, nasturtium, honeysuckle, sweet pea, Lobelia ’pendula’