Spring is in sight, quite literally, and here at LLHQ we are slowly but surely coming out of hibernation. Not that we haven’t been busy behind closed doors, as you’ll soon see on our Twitter feed. But we’re longing to get out in the garden, so we’re dipping our toes in to the season by turning our attention to our containers….
It’s still a bit wet and cold outside, but if you have a good indoor space or greenhouse, a great project to start at this time of year is potting up some containers. We’re particularly excited about growing veg in ours this year (even more excited by the arrival of the Newent Plant Centre based at The Nest, just outside Ledbury – we’ll certainly be buying our plants here!).
So here’s a few tips for successful potting. Get in touch and let us know what you’re putting in yours!!
1. Choose a suitably sized container which will accommodate your plant. All containers should have drainage holes in the bottom. At this time of year, we keep our pots indoors. If it’s a particularly nice day, we stick them outside, but always remember to bring them in of an evening to protect them from the cold/frost.
2. In order to stop the compost blocking the drainage holes in the bottom of a container, chuck in a couple of handfuls of broken crockery.
3. Next, fill your pot with a good compost, leaving aprox. 2cm from the top rim of the container.
4. Place your plant in to your pot, top up with compost and firm down with your hands.
5. Give the plant a good glug of water.
6. Give yourself a good glug of something whilst you stand back and admire your handy work!!