Growmore vs Blood, Fish and Bone- Is There a Difference?

In this article, we will be discussing if there is a difference between growmore and fish, blood and bone fertilisers? If so, which is better to use in the container garden?

In a previous article, I talked about the various element deficiencies that plants can suffer from. To overcome these deficiencies, we need fertilisers that particular add the main macronutrients of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.

When you buy fertilizers, you often see numbers on the packaging, which tells you the ratio of nitrogen to phosphorous, and potassium- …

Give Your Plants the Right Nutrients-What Elements Do Plant Needs?

In this article, we will be discussing the right nutrients that each plant requires to be at their healthiest. We all know that plants need certain elements to grow to their optimal in producing the greenest leaves, most colourful blooms and the most abundant fruits.

There are 118 known elements in the periodic table (some are artificially made) and the majority of these elements are not required by plants to flourish. In fact, only 6 elements are required in large quantities, whilst the other 17 are required in …

Root Trainers a Review- Growing Long Rooted Plants

Name of Product: Haxnicks Deep Rootrainer Set 32 Cells

The Best Place to Buy:

Product Dimensions: 20cm x 15cm x 5cm

Shipping Weight: 281g

My Score: 9/10

In this article, we will be talking about root trainers to see if they live up to their reputation? Are they as good as other people claim them to be and are they well worth the price and effort of getting one?

When we sow seeds, we often use seed trays, seed cell trays, pots and other containers …

Getting you Containers Summer Flower Ready

In a previous post (Getting you Containers Spring Flowers Ready) plants that can be used to give a colourful display in spring was discussed. Time is now moving on and now we must turn our attention to making our summer displays in container look beautiful.

In this article, we will be getting our containers summer flower ready. It is important to realise that whilst relaxing on the patio or backyard you will observe your containers more. This would mean the plants within them must look good, be of …

Growing Baby Vegetables in the Container Garden- Smaller is Better

In this article, we will be discussing what varieties of baby vegetables to grow in your container garden. The obvious question is why would you want to grow baby vegetables, as they are smaller in size? They may be smaller in size but offer much more in the way of flavour and in this article, this question will be answered.


We are talking about cauliflowers no bigger than a tennis ball, small beetroots, bite-sized tomatoes, cucumbers that fit in the palms of your hands, …

Flamboyant Houseplants to Grow in your Home

In this article, we will be talking about flamboyant houseplants to have in your home. When we think about houseplants, you tend to think about beautiful foliage plants that can be colourful, large-leaved and have wonderful shapes and designs. You also think about tall plants that bring a focal point to a room, or you think about plants that produce colourful blooms.

I have talked extensively about houseplants from orchids, bromeliads, leaf plants and flowering plants, but sometimes you really want a showstopper that when …

Raised Bed Gardening- The Reason Why and the Best Kits to Have

In this article, we will be discussing why raised beds are becoming so popular and what kits are best to use in your garden. Raised beds are popular because you can get a decent crop or many plants into a very tight space, often with very little horizontal area.

You can double your yields of fruit and vegetables in a raised bed. They can also use to separate areas within your garden, so you can add different aspects and interest, as you walk around the garden.

You can use raised beds of any size or shape, but it is advised …

Plants for Cool Colours in the Container Garden

In this article, we will be discussing in what plants can be used to give cool colours in the container garden.

Since the 1930s when Vita Mary Sackville-West created her famous white garden, designers have sung nothing but praise about the beauty of the monochromic planting scheme (see previous article to know what it entails in making a monochromic scheme).

If you want to achieve a similar effect, you need to plant white producing plants from spring onwards. At that time you can start with hellebores and snowdrops, …

The Colour Wheel- Getting your Plant Colour Scheme Right

In this series, we will be discussing the importance of getting the colour scheme in the container garden right. We will discuss plants that can be grown to suit each colour scheme. But before we do this, we have to talk about how the colour schemes are generated in the first place and the types of schemes that are possible. This is important if you want to get the balance right in your garden.

When you want to know what plant colours work well together in the garden, …

Reducing Your Dependency on Plastic in the Container Garden

In this article, we will be discussing ways of reducing your usage of plastics in the container garden. As you can imagine when you look around you can see how much the modern gardener is dependent on plastics. You find it in watering cans and hoses used to water the plants in the pots and cells we grow our seeds in, to the many containers used to house houseplants in.

The use does not stop there as it is used as a sheath on handles of pruners, spades …