Water butts over the drier months.

In long dry spells you may need to top up the water in the Planter trays that the side and top planters take their water from. Hopefully you can use water stored in the Rainwater Terrace but if not just use tap water. Each tray holds about 2.5 litres of water before it overflows into the container below.


water butt planter with capillary wicks topped up in summer months

Ideas for the gardener that is short of space

It is often hard to find space inside for young plants that are not yet hardened to the cooler nights in early spring.

Not every one has space for a greenhouse so a good solution is to use a a temporary greenhouse made out of a clean pp storage box.

2 storage boxes (with lids) filled with 8-10 cm of good compost, plug plants can easily be planted in rows using tape to label each variety.

Mini greenhouse for plug plants

On a night or if it rains heavily the lid goes on the boxes to ensure that the young fragile plants are not damaged.

Now the perennial plug plant lucky dip from Thomson & Morgan can be toughened up without the risk of frost damage in late April. 

The collection includes the following plants :-

A, Achillea Cassis

B, Aquilegia Swan Mixed

C, Armeria Ballerina Mixed

D, Chrysanthemum White Knight

E, Digitalis (Foxglove) Dalmation Mixed

F, Delphinium Pacific Giants

G, Rudbeckia All Sorts

H, Geum Double Blazing Sunset

I/J Lavandula (Lavender) Stoechas

K/L Antirrhinum Madamme Butterfly