I say it to my wife every year.
“We are cutting down on the number of pots and containers in our garden. They are just too much work.”
Now the sun is out and we still have an accumulated total of more than 50 it means getting up an hour earlier to water and then immediately back out into the garden after work to repeat the exercise. Saturday mornings are even worse. Its feeding time which means mixing up the feed in a fine-rosed watering can and then tromping round the patch to deliver the vital nourishment.
All this is on top of the regular gardening tasks: lawns; the veg cage; the crops growing in the greenhouse; an herbaceous garden that can turn into a weed frenzy at the drop of a hat and other borders. So what did I find myself doing recently – buying yet another load of plants for a hanging basket I found in one of the sheds! Sheer madness.
That said we do enjoy our containerised plants and hanging baskets. It’s a reasonably large garden and they somehow just break up the area into different, colourful units. But they are very demanding requiring constant weeding, pest control and, when that wretched West wind blows, moving them into more protected areas.
I did pick up a useful tip from a friend a couple of years ago. Our main hanging baskets are on a sort of wooden gallows. To stop them blowing around my friend secured them to the upright with a piece of bent wire nailed into position. It works really well. I use a piece of bent wire coat-hanger which is galvanised so does not rust.
Another tip to keep hanging baskets and containers watered is to make a reasonably deep hole in the middle and fit this with broken pieces of old terracotta pots. Fill this with water and it moistens the whole of the basket or container. The plants grow over so it isn’t unsightly.
Anyway, its 6.00pm so I’d better leave the office and get back to my thirsty containers and baskets.
Happy gardening and if you have any useful tips, do let us know.