Problem Solving for Growing Seedlings- Avoid the Pitfalls

In this article, we will discuss what to do when your seedlings are not doing well. They are growing too long and floppy, they may look sickly, or not generally doing very well.

In this article, you will find out what can be done to stop and prevent seed germination and seedling growth problems. With this little handy guide, you will know what to do if your seed germination does not go as expected. So do not panic if your seeds fail to germinate or suffers from some other ailment.


If seedlings are growing too …

Making your own Hypertufa Container- Create your own Container

In this article, we will be discussing how to create a hypertufa container. In a previous article on stone containers I discussed hypertufa and how it can be used to make containers, I barely touched the subject in that article but now it is the time to discuss how to do it properly.

As said in that article stone containers are delightful in the garden but they are expensive, it is easy to make a fake stone mixture that can be used to mould your own container; it is called hypertufa.

It can be used …

Creating a Marginal Pond in a Barrel

In this article, we discuss how to create a marginal pond garden in a barrel. Often we want plants that are a bit different and often not seen in your garden. One of these is marginal pond plants as they need water to survive. You think at first that it is impossible to have marginals in a container. Well, I am going to dismiss that thought and help you create your own marginal pond garden.


Although I will be talking about wooden barrels, you can use any container as long as …

Creating a Miniature Water Lily Pond in a Half-barrel

In this article, we will find out how to create a miniature water lily pond in a half-barrel. Most of us have a tinkering for a pond in our gardens, but not all of us have the room or resources to have one. A potted pond may not have the size of an individual pond but it will satisfy the need for water, as they make a great patio feature.

When you are creating a water lily pond, you will need to place the container in position first, as once filled with plants, water and other feature it will be …

Creating a Water Garden in a Wooden Barrel

In this article, we will discover a simple and easy way to create a water garden in a wooden barrel. Who does not like a water feature in their garden, but some of us do not have the room or resources to have a pond. In this article, you will discover how to create a water garden in a barrel that can hold water lilies, marginal plants, fish and even a fountain.

In a previous article, I have discussed how to create a bubble fountain and a small pebble water feature, but we now extend this to cover creating a …

How to Grow and Get the Best from your Philodendrons

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the very popular houseplant philodendrons. You will discover how to grow them in terms of conditions they prefer to grow in, varieties to grow and the potential pitfalls.


Philodendrons are handsome, elegant foliage plants that come in a variety of forms. They are hundreds of species of philodendron (489 species at the last count), where in cool climates they are often grown as a houseplant. Naturally, in its growing habit in Central and South America, they can be grown outdoors.

They belong to the large Araceae family, where …

How to Grow and Get the Best from your Peperomias

In this article, we will be discussing the best way to grow Peperomias as houseplants in terms of the care they need, the varieties to grow and the problems that they can suffer from. Peperomias are delightful houseplants with their patterned, puckered and variegated leaves.

In this article, we will look at how to care for these beauties, what varieties to grow and what potential problems they suffer from. Before we dwell into all that, we must discover what a Peperomia is.


Peperomias fall into a large genus of the family Piperaceae, where Peperomia is one genus …

How to Create a Bubble Container Fountain

In this article, we will discuss how to create a bubble fountain inside a container. In a garden including a container garden, water can have a tranquil effect, as this is such an unusual feature that you can be different and create your own.

Bubble fountains like the one that will be created by using the information in this article go with other container water features to create your own patio water garden. To give a balanced feel it is best if an odd number of elements are grouped together. Ideally, these water containers should be of different diameters and …

Using Metal and Wirework Containers in your Garden

In this final part, we discuss the use of metal and wirework container in your garden. We will talk about how this versatile material of construction can be used to great effect in the garden. In the past, articles on terracotta, plastic, wood, glazed pottery and stoneware have been discussed but now to complete the available materials, we will concentrate on this shiny material.


At first sight, metal sounds such an unlikely material to use to make containers from, but this is so further from the truth. They can be used to create …

Using Stoneware and Concrete Containers in the Garden

In this article, we will be discussing what stone and concrete containers can be used in the garden as we continue our journey in the materials of construction that can be used. So far I have talked about terracotta, plastic, wooden and glazed pottery and the next logically material to highlight is stone, cement and concrete, a totally different kettle of fish to the others.


The biggest problem with real stone containers such are horse troughs, animal feeding bowls and Butler’s sinks are they are not manufactured anymore. They are true garden antiques and they are …