This fine collection of sundry containers were getting a soaking in our summer rain. The wheel at the back only contains fresh air but could become a feature for a ‘Herb Wheel’ if laid on poor soil.
Tips for Containers
- Small clay feet in threes or fours lift the container off these Yorkshire stone flags. This aids drainage and prevents the base of the container freezing onto a path and then loosing the base when moved.
- Mulch and decoration on the surface of a pot can be organic with bark or inorganic with a variety of pebbles and stones. Mulch helps prevent moss and keeps the wind & sun off the soil surface.
- Bear in mind a small pot will constrain the roots and a large tree will become a bit like a bonsai. That can be quite desirable but remember to freshen the compost by replacing the top 2″ annually and fertilizing regularly.
- Pots can bake in summer and roots become distressed. Black and plastic pots are the worst whilst evaporation through terracotta cools a bit. If in doubt keep moist and shaded.
- Pots can freeze but bubble wrapping your pots can help hardy plants through winter.
- Pots located together look better than pepper-potted around. They also help maintain a humidity level in a micro climate (not too important in this wet garden)
- A bog garden can be created in an old galvanised basin without drainage holes. Miniature water lilies are now available for small ponds so give it a try.
- Long Tom or old Chimney pots are ideal for tall statuesque displays. Try some airy grasses at the back near a wall.
- I like pans, shallow bowls and half pots which are fine for many small bulbs, annuals and trailers. Beware most Alpines have very long roots and seek out depth.
- Old wheel barrows, dustbins or discarded containers can be pressed into use or should I say recycled into reuse.
- Old polyester sacks can be used to grow vegetables like these potatoes.
- See Bottle gardens and Terranium
Other container tips
Contain Tulip Fire