July 24, 2017

Pot based gardening – hints and tips

Discover the benefits of pot based gardening

Garden pots filled with your favourite plants and flowers can completely transform dull and unused areas of your garden, allowing you to create beautiful areas of interest, colour and intrigue!

One of the main advantages of pot-based gardening is that the possibilities are truly endless when it comes to incorporating a wide range of pots, plants and flowers into your garden.

We’ve created a helpful guide outlining our top hints and tips when it comes to getting pot-based gardening…
Choosing your pots
Step into any garden store and you will be met with a wide variety of different sized pots that come in a wide range of designs, materials and colours.

And, whether you’re looking for a striking focal point or to supply your patio with an endless sea of neatly arranged pots, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice.

But there are a number of general rules that you need to look out for when it comes to picking out your pots. These include the following:

• You should always pick gardening pots that have drainage holes and that are large enough to accommodate your plants. Remember, you should never overcrowd your pots!
• Frost proof terracotta pots are always a good option if you’re looking for pots that are able to withstand the harsh winter weather.
• Glazed pots and stone pots are great for adding a stylish dimension to your garden, particularly if you’re looking to achieve a classic look.

Preparing your plant pots

Ok, so now you’ve picked out your pots, it’s time to prepare them for planting!

First of all, you will need to fill all of your pots with multi-purpose compost. When you’re filling your pots, it’s important to ensure that you cover the large drainage hole at the bottom of your pot’s base with a protective layer of broken up polystyrene to avoid it becoming blocked with compost. When positioning your pots on a patio or paved area, you should always raise them off the ground using bricks, as this will help the water to drain freely, whilst preventing the build up of moisture at root level.

And finally, when you’re filling your pots with compost, you should always aim to leave a 2cm (0.7in) gap between the top of the compost and rim of your gardening pot.

Planting

Now it’s time to plant! Make sure you keep your plants in their containers when arranging them in your gardening pots, ensuring that you place taller plants in the centre and smaller plants around the circumference of your pot.

Once you’re happy with the arrangement of your plants, you can remove them accordingly from their containers, and watch them grow!

As part of this process, you should make sure that you fill in any gaps with compost. You should also give them a healthy dose of water before leaving them to flourish!

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