Potting it up: how to plant in containers

2015-09-01 06:00

CONTAINERS are increasingly being used for gardening as they are so versatile. Containers of various heights may be used to add height to a border or certain areas in the garden.

And an attractive container, even without plants, can be used as a focal point, or you can plant herbs to make a different, edible container garden feature.

Concrete containers are much stronger than many plastic types, but may be too heavy to move around when filled with soil, so position them where you want them before filling and planting.

Unglazed clay containers need to be watered more often in dry areas as water evaporates through the porous structure of the pot.

You can line them with a plastic liner but when not lined, make sure that the outside of the clay pot is also watered every time the plants are irrigated. Invest in deep pots for summer planting as shallower types tend to dry out very quickly.

You will need the following when potting up a container

• Your choice of container. River sand to stop water from just running through your pot. Bone meal to stimulate root growth. Potting soil and drainage chips. Aquasoil or Stockosorb. Nitrosol. Decorative stones and a pot and tray.

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