Maintenance of containers

Maintenance of containers

In winter, very little need be done if suitable containers were used in the first place and the planting done properly. Large, heavy stone troughs, tubs, etc., should not freeze solid except under very extreme conditions. Cheaper, thin concrete and plastic containers can freeze through in certain circumstances and therefore if the plants in them are somewhat choice and if it is at all possible, they should be placed in …Read More

How to plant up tubs, troughs and other containers (including solid hanging baskets and pots)

How to plant up tubs, troughs and other containers (including solid hanging baskets and pots)

If you are only using your container for a temporary display — for example, summer bedding and winter/spring bedding (not hanging pots for the latter), a good soil-less compost will be quite adequate. In a reasonably large tub, or whatever, you can usually get two consecutive plantings from one fill-up of compost — say, a spring bedding scheme of wallflowers and bulbs followed by a summer one of geraniums, French …Read More

Wall Containers

Wall containers

Again, there is a wide choice available and while it is possible to improvise by screwing or suspending plastic food containers and the like on the wall, much more of the receptacle can be seen than in the case of those which stand on the ground, and improvised ones can look rather shoddy so it is perhaps better not to spoil the ship for a ha’porth of tar.

Containers suitable for …Read More

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Free standing containers

In theory, as long as a thing is capable of holding a reasonable amount of compost, you can grow something in it, and you do not have to spend a lot of money on something specifically designed for the purpose. Here are a few ideas for improvised containers:

Plastic and metal ice cream and other large catering containers

These are not suitable for using outside in winter because frost can penetrate easily, …Read More

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Living plant of the month for November: Bromelia

A strong masculine plant, but also very colourful. A well-known plant from South and Central America by origin. We are talking about the houseplant Bromeliad, a real tropical surprise that complements any interior colour! Very suitable for this “grey and dull” autumn month, and therefore named as Houseplant of the month for November.

Easy temperament

The exotic bromeliad consists of a ‘funnel’ of leaves, therefore also known as the ‘funnel plant’. The …Read More

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The Invisible Garden continued

Mobile homes
Some sites allocate a small amount of garden per unit, but if the site owner or local authority prefers the public open-plan approach to the overall landscaping, there is usually still enough space around the home – on the paths, sitting-out areas, etc., to grow a wide range of plants in containers. Some mobile home manufacturers actually incorporate window boxes or other planting areas into their designs. The walls …Read More

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The Invisible Garden

Unless you are an obsessive plantsman, or want to spend every waking minute in an intimate relationship with the soil — and if you are, you would not have needed this blog in the first place — there is no need to feel deprived if you have, or intend to have, a home with no garden in the accepted sense.
As living space in the twentieth century has become increasingly at …Read More

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Choosing a summerhouse

Inspect your prospective purchase for workmanship. If you are satisfied on all counts in that respect, the choice is up to you. Again, you will find a larger one of more use, as you will wish to furnish it with garden chairs, a table, and other items to make outdoor living more comfortable.
Uses. Many people buy a summerhouse intending it to double up as a shed, but if you want …Read More

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In Due Season – October

The ornamental garden. This is mainly a month to continue those jobs started last month – dividing and replanting herbaceous perennials, taking up old bedding plants and replacing with biennials and spring bedding plants, and removing tender perennials to the protection of the greenhouse.
Lift dahlias and gladioli corms – hang upside down to dry before cleaning them, dip in fungicide: dry off thoroughly and store in a cool, dry place.
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Siting the shed

The same regulations apply for sheds as for greenhouses. Usually you do not need permission unless the structure is very large, but it is as well to check. It is also wise to consult your landlord if you are in rented accommodation (or the freeholder if you do not own the freehold), especially if your property is owned by the local authority, as some are not too keen on sheds …Read More