Planting in Containers – Container Gardening Ideas
Planting in Containers
Planting in containers is a great way to brighten up any part of your garden, and with careful preparation and selection plant-filled containers can provide year-round interest. There are so many different plant containers — from heavily ornate to starkly plain — that one can always be found that is suitable for any site in the garden.
Containers are chiefly thought of as additions to patios and terraces, but they can be placed in any part of the garden. They make a welcome sight alongside a front door or can be positioned to conceal an ugly drain cover.
Garden Pots and Containers
Pots and containers come in a range of types and sizes, from plastic tubs, baskets andto wood and stone containers.
Preparing the Container
Whatever the type of container you are choosing for your plants, it must have adequate drainage holes in the base — waterlogging is the most common cause of plant ill-health in containers, especially where they are exposed to rain.
Most manufactured garden pots and containers have drainage holes already made. Timber, glass fibre, plastic and even concrete containers — half barrels, tubs, troughs and window-boxes, for instance — that do not have drainage holes can be drilled quite easily. Use a 6mm (1/4in) drill bit, or larger — be sure to select a masonry bit for concrete — and drill at a slow speed to avoid cracking fragile materials.
When attempting to drill a smooth surface, first stick masking tape in a criss-cross over the spot — this will help to prevent the drill bit slipping and splintering the surface.
Before filling your garden pots and containers with, ensure that the container is thoroughly clean and free from . Scrub old pots and troughs with a mild detergent, then wash with a strong general- purpose disinfectant before rinsing well with water — pieces of dead roots clinging to the sides, in particular, can harbour disease.
To increase the life of wooden containers to be used for oak half-barrels — treat them with a wood preservative recommended for horticultural use before planting. Never use creosote where plants are nearby — it gives off harmful fumes.— especially expensive
The interior of a wooden container can also be treated with a proprietary wood preservative, or it can be charred to destroy fungal spores. To do this, paint the inside with a liberal coat of paraffin and set it alight. Allow it to burn for a few minutes, then turn the container upside down to extinguish the flames. Treat the metal straps around half-barrels with rust-proofing paint.
Before filling a window-box, ensure that it is standing firmly or is fastened securely to the wall by metal stays. Use wooden wedges to prop a window-box level on a sloping sill, and to raise it off the sill to allow free drainage from the bottom. A drip tray can be positioned under the box to prevent waterlogging and water from running down the wall.
Similarly, with a hanging basket check that the supporting bracket is very secure — if it is at all corroded, replace it.