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Self-watering Hanging Basket – Review

I’ve been looking at various slow-watering watering methods on Pinterest recently, many involve sticking a plastic bottle with pierced holes into the soil – a nice, thrifty idea, however, a bottle can take up quite a bit of room so when Stewart Gardens asked if I’d like to trial one of their self-watering hanging baskets I was keen to see how it works.

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It’s actually really simple and very clever – there’s a plastic disc that sits above the bottom of the basket with a fibre mat, that dips into the well below that continually sucks up moisture from below into the soil. The water is added via a tube inserted into the plastic disc.

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It’s good design in action, the watering tube takes up very little room and the basket is a decent size. You only need to fill the water reserve every 7-10 days – ideal if it’s hot weather and you’re planning on going away, or just to save precious watering time during more clement weather.

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I’ve potted mine up with a beautiful Heliotrope in the centre surrounded by white Surfinia. It looks ok just now but once the Surfinia starts to grow and trail I’m hoping this will a quite lovely display.

I’ll definitely be getting some more of these, so much better than the others I’ve tried so far and at £5.99 a bit of a bargain too.

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Crops in Pots – Book Review

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 13.58.39I was sent a review copy of Crops In Pots – 50 cool containers planted with fruit, vegetables and herbs by Bob Purnell which is being published this month. It sounded right up my street as I’m currently planning my veggies for this year and it didn’t disappoint.

I’d never thought of combining edibles with flowers to create something visually beautiful as well as practical – there are some cracking ideas in here.  Continue reading Crops in Pots – Book Review

Farewell Winter & HELLO Summer!

After what seems like a very long Winter we seem to have skipped straight on to full Summer, from snow at the start of the week to shorts and Piz Puin by the weekend, hurrah! I’ve been itching to get back in the garden and the Easter weekend came up trumps.

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The buddleias that took sickly after planting them out too early are now back outside with lots of new leaves sprouting. I gave the herb garden, hanging baskets and potted plants a good pruning (there are some I’ll be highly surprised to see recover but ‘hope springs’ and all that…)

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