How to Ensure you are Buying Good Plant Stock?

In this article, we will be discussing how to make sure that the plants you buy are of the best quality. If you buy plants of good quality then you are more likely to succeed and have healthy plants. If you buy poor grade or unhealthy plants, they may never recover and you would have wasted your money.

When you are physically in a garden centre, check over the plants or bulbs with your eyes, or if this is not possible have someone with you who has a good knowledge of plants so that they can give the specimen a …

Soil Conditioners- Improving your Soil for Little Cost

In this article, we will be discussing soil conditioners and their use in gardens, including container gardening.

Soil conditioners are feeds used to improve the quality of your soils, especially in the ground and in raised beds. It is a product which is added to soil or compost to improve its fertility (add more nutrients) and to open the structure. It will make poor soils and composts much more active especially in raised beds.

There is no doubt the best soil conditioner of all to use in gardening is those based on animal manures. Its composition depends on the animal …

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, you need a methodology that makes matching colours easy to do. This …

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 and other tools, as well in plastic sheeting used as a weed …

How to Propagate Plants for Free in the Container Garden– Part III Layering, Division, Budding, and Grafting

In this final part of the series on how to propagate plants for free in the container garden, we turn our attention to more advanced techniques to get more plants for free. In this article, we will be concentrating on layering, division, budding and grafting. In previous articles, we have covered sowing seeds and cuttings.

The propagation techniques described in this article are different from the other techniques previously described, as you are not increasing your plants by taking cuttings or by sowing seeds but by other methods.

After this final part, you will …

How to Propagate Plants for Free in the Container Garden-Part II Cuttings

In the second article in the series, we will be discussing how to propagate plants for the container garden in particular cuttings. The previous part discussed when we need to propagate plants and we learnt the most important aspect of propagating plants via the planting of seeds.

This present article we will be learning about the many techniques that can be used to increase your plant fold by taking cuttings. You will see that this can be done with herbaceous perennials softwood and hardwood cuttings and even root cuttings.

All the techniques you will ever need will be discussed, so …

How to Propagate Plants for Free in the Container Garden – Part I Sowing

In this three-part series, we will be discussing how to propagate plants for free in the container garden.  Propagation is defined ‘as the breeding of specimens of a plant by natural processes from the parent stock to produce new stock’.

Gardeners, in general, are life creators, as we actually produce hundreds or thousands of new life each year. This is why getting propagation techniques correct is important to increase the new life you create in your garden.

Propagation is a fascinating technique, where you can see the seeds you plant emerge to form young seedlings or cutting starting to take …

Bog Plants for Containers in the Shade (Grow your Dream Bog Garden)

In this article, we extend our knowledge to cover bog plants for containers in the shade. In a previous article we learned about how to create a container garden from scratch, and to describe what plants can go into them in full sun. If you have a pond in the shade what plants are you to use, especially if you have no garden to put them in. This question will be answered hopefully in this article.

Shady areas close to water are perfect for growing a lot of dramatic plants, where the cool, moist environment provides ideal growing conditions …

How to Create a Bog Garden in Containers- Part 1 Plants that can be Grown in Full Sun

In this article, you will learn how to create a bog garden in containers and to know which plants can be grown to create such a feature in full sun. You thought it would be not easy to do but with my guidance, you will soon have a beautiful bog garden without even needing a pond.

There are numerous plants that love growing in damp but not waterlogged conditions, which will struggle if the plant is allowed to dry out. These plants need constant moisture in order to do well, otherwise, they will not be happy and eventually die.

Bog …

Why Container Gardening is Better For Those With Disabilities

In this article, we will be discussing why container gardening is better for those with disabilities. These disabilities prevent them from leading a full, active life, especially in the garden.

When we think of a traditional garden, we see large areas that need to be dug over, fertilizer to be added, weeding and plants that need to be planted.

This is a daunting task for an able body person, but if you have limited mobility, this seems impossible, especially if you are in a wheelchair. The thought of kneeling becomes impossible and moving over rough terrain and sticky mud leads …