Tuesday, May 22, 2018

15 Jun

Get Creative with Summer Containers!

Barrels are perfect for growing tomatoes or strawberries!

Container gardening is growing more and more popular each year. Perfect for a small garden, patio or balcony, containers can be easily moved to create new displays. Large ceramic pots are always a favourite amongst gardeners, but this year why not try something new! There is no end to the amount of items that can be recycled into brilliant containers. Here are a few of our favourites…

Chimneys – They may not be that easy to get hold of, but look fantastic when they are full and flourishing in your garden. Old terracotta chimneys look beautiful with co-ordinating flowers and will add a touch of ‘shabby chic’ to your garden.  Chimney pots usually have good drainage, so keeping soil moist is likely to be a problem. 

Stack your smaller pots along the rungs.

Wellies – This is a great way to get kids involved with gardening! Giving them a small space to concentrate on is a brilliant way to introduce them to the joys of growing your own plants. Recycle your old wellies, cut extra slits at the bottom and add gravel to the base for drainage.  Then simply a fill the wellies up with compost and plant daffodil or crocus bulbs- (they are one of the easiest things for children to plant!)

Half Barrels – These containers will make a brilliant addition to your garden. You just need to drill holes at the bottom to make sure there is good drainage. It may also be a good idea to add some rocks so the bottom of the barrel doesn’t rot. Perfect for growing tomatoes or strawberries!

Ladder Pots – Not a container in itself, but a wonderful way to display small pots. Simply get an old-fashioned wide ladder, and stack your smaller pots along its rungs. Herbs look fantastic in rows of colourful ceramic and terracotta pots. You can paint the ladder to suit your garden, pastel colours will give your garden that beautiful ‘rustic’ look.

Do you have an interesting collection of gardening pots and containers? Send us your photographs to gardenersblog@jerseyplantsdirect.com or post them on our Facebook wall here!


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