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How to garden with limited space

You don’t have to have a big backyard to garden. Containers and hanging baskets are a great way to utilise space and grow an array of plants, including edibles.

Pot – large plants need large containers. Small containers will restrict the roots, hindering growth and causing the plants to dry out faster. Larger containers tend to be a little easier to look after as they are less prone to drying out.

Drain – ensure your container has holes in the bottom to allow water to drain and avoid your plant’s roots sitting in water, which can cause the plant to drown or begin to rot. If your container doesn’t have holes, then you will need to create some yourself.

Mix – the use of a quality potting or outdoor container mix is recommended. These mixes contain long term fertilisers and wetting agents that will give your plants a better environment to grow in.

Water – regular water is essential. Plants grown in containers tend to dry out more than plants in the garden. In summer you may need to water plants daily, and in the winter once a week. Check your soil with your finger and if it feels dry, then the plant needs watering.

Feed – regular watering washes out the nutrients in potting mix so it is important to feed your plant with fertiliser. Read the back of the packet or container for instructions on how often the fertiliser should be applied.

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Wondering what to plant?

There are many options for container gardening. Here are some of our favourites.

Hanging herb gardens – plant hanging baskets with herbs for a constant fresh supply.

Berries – berries adapt to life in containers easily – they just need plenty of room for the roots to develop, so choose a large container or barrel.

Citrus wine barrels – dwarf growing citrus like lemons and limes work well in a half wine barrel.

Shrubs & colour – plant a large shrub in the centre of a pot as a feature, or flowering annuals in pots and hanging baskets to make a colourful display all season.