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Container Planting

Posted July 11th 2016 in Topical Tips 1 Comments
Container Planting

Limited for garden space? Fancy adding some extra 'zing' into your garden?  Why not consider planting in containers?  They are easy to plant, can be moved about and will be a pretty addition to your garden.

Consider traditional plastic or terracotta pots, or choose from a wide selection of colourful pots in the garden centre.  Hanging baskets work well, or use growbags or sacks, some of which can also be hung on walls.  Don't limit yourself to the obvious - why not plant up an old wheelbarrow, a tyre - or even a rowing boat - it has been done!

Make sure you use good quality compost in the pots.  Add some drainage by putting in some larger stones into the bottom of the pot.  For hanging baskets, line the inside with an old jumper or a plastic bag to help retain the water.

Consider what you wish to have in your 'moveable garden'.  Herbs by the back door, colourful shrubs dotted about a patio, strawberries for easy picking - the choices are endless.  All herbs work well in pots and can be planted singularly or in mixed tubs.  Many vegetables will work well - try salad leaves for 'cut and come again' cropping, courgettes, tomatoes (tumbling varieties in hanging baskets are perfect!) or chillies and peppers in a warm spot.  Potatoes are fun to plant in a grow sack with children - imagine their excitement when you open the sack and all those potatoes tumble out! Sweetpeas will add colour and scent.  Many shrubs and roses will also work well to add colour into the garden. Plant in a pot at least twice the size of the rootball and they will thrive for many years.

Tubs and planters need regular watering and feeding.  A watering system could be set up if you are going away to keep them regularly watered.  Watch for pests and treat as in any other part of the garden.

Dot around the garden and enjoy.

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