6 Of the Best Spring Flowering Bulb Collection You Can Plant Now


In previous articles, I have gone into the various bulbs that can be planted in containers (see bulbs that can be grown in containers, part I-From A-G and bulbs that can be grown in containers, part II- From H-Z). It is now the time of the year to plant bulbs to give your container garden a beautiful display. You need to think about which bulbs you want to buy, when to plant them and what is the best arrangement for them.

Remember bulbs, unlike other plants, can …

Why you Need a Water Butt in Your Container Garden- Harcostar Water Butt, a Review


Name of Product: Harcostar 227 litre Water Butt Rain trap diverter and kit.

The Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.co.uk

Product Dimensions: 60cm x 60cm x 90cm

Shipping Weight: 7.2kg

My Rating: 9.5/10

In this article, I will be describing why you need a water butt in your container garden, especially the Harcostar 227 litre water butt. I will be seeing if this water butt delivers what is promotes and is it user-friendly?

In a previous article I answered the question of what type of

10 Money and Time Saving Tips in the Container Garden


In this article, I am going to give you 10 money and time-saving tips for the container gardener. We are now all starting to learn to live within our means and this is equally applicable in the garden. We all need to find ways of reducing our expenditure but at the same time maintain a well-kept container garden. This is why this article is being written to impart my knowledge in order to save a bob or two.

Anyway, any money saved can be invested in a family …

Is It Better To Water Your Container Plants with Hard or Soft Water? – Does it Matter?


In this article, we will be answering the question ‘Is it better to water your container plants with hard or soft water?’

This is because gardeners worry that by watering with tap water that they may cause irreversible damage to the plant, and that they may eventually kill it. They are worried that the excessive metal ions found in normal tap water can, in the long run, cause a healthy plant to turn unhealthy.

This article is written to allay these fears but be warned as the …

How Small a Container Can you Use- What is the Minimum?


In this article, I will be discussing how small a container can be in order for your indoor and outdoor plants to not only survive but also to flourish.

There comes a time in every containers mind to what is the smallest container size that they can use so that the plant not only looks good, looks balanced and is productive in producing healthy flowers or fruits.

The first question that needs to be asked, is there such a thing? A pot that is optimally sized for all

Why the Container Gardener Should Make their Own Compost?


In this article, we will be discussing why the container gardener should make their own compost. Why this method of making your own compost not only saves you money but also is good for the environment. If you make your own compost at home, this will reduce the need to buy new compost every year. Reduce but not totally eliminate.

It must be remembered that homemade compost does not have the right nutrient balance in it, but with careful preparation, it can be used as a supplement in …

Container Plants for Contemporary Perennial Schemes (Growing Tough and Hardy Perennials)


In this article, container plants for contemporary perennial schemes will be discussed in great details. This article will focus on tough hardy perennials and grasses that are used to give colour and textures to your container garden.

When creating your perennial scheme, you need to use a limited colour spectrum of species, which comes together to form large swathes of contrasting heights and shapes. This will make such beautiful and aesthetically pleasing designs.

Normally, it is recommended for large container gardens but it can be adapted to smaller …

Growing Oriental Vegetables in Containers (Grow More Exotic Varieties)


In this article, growing Oriental vegetables in containers will be discussed. In previous articles, I have discussed growing traditional vegetables in containers including potatoes and tomatoes. I have also discussed growing salad leave mixes in containers and non-standard vegetables in containers.

In this article, we are going to discuss growing more exotic vegetables in the container garden as a means of turning the ordinary to the extraordinary. They are a group of exotic plants that are slowly being introduced to the British garden.

They are predominantly …

Vermiculite vs Perlite vs Horticultural Grit (Which One is Better in the Container Garden)


In this article, the perennial question to which substance is better to add to your potting mix will be answered. In previous posts I have always highlighted the importance of having good drainage but how is this to be done.

You have three main substances that can be added and mixed with the compost to make it more open structured and therefore more free-flowing and free-draining.

Vermiculite, perlite and horticultural grit are all the substance in question that can be used, but which is the best to use

Plants for Tropical Container Gardens- Going for The Exotic Look


In this article, plants for tropical container gardens will be discussed. As we all become more experimental in our gardens, we take influences from around the world. From the tropics, we look to the brightly-coloured flowers and lush, colourful leaves. You may be worried that many of these plants cannot survive our cold, frosty winters but this is clearly not true if we look after our heat-loving plants well.

We can create tropical container gardens if the right plant is selected. Some of these plants hail from hot …