Now is a great time to plant up your garden containers for an immediate display!
The hanging baskets are up, and now is the time for me to concentrate on planting up the garden containers. This year I decided on large metal troughs, purchased from our local Mole Avon store. To brighten them up, we chose a selection of primary colours, rather than the usual metallic green paint. The finished look is both bright and cheerful.
The first job was to paint them, two coats in all, and move them into position. Moving them into position was not that easy seeing how large they are. Good job we had a digger that could handle it with ease. Of course we had to prepare the ground areas first, which meant scraping away all the old grass and debris that had collected on the tarmac surfaces. Then we had to level the surfaces as they were a bit uneven. It wasn’t a five minute job, and it was good that I picked a day when I had some manual help. I was lucky and got the best job, which was to choose which of the coloured troughs to fit into which area.
Next up was the drilling of holes for drainage, and the preparing of wooden runners for the troughs to sit on. This is really important in allowing plenty of drainage as we do get a lot of rain here at Bowerland!
Then came the filling of the troughs. First of all we put in the stones, then some top soil mixed with manure, and last of all the compost. My job was to ‘design’ the plants for each trough, which I did by laying them out in front. Then I swapped them around according to colour and height. I hope it was a wise choice – only time will tell once the plants really start to flourish and grow.
Once the plants were in position, with a bit of wiggling around, we finished with a layer of mulch to keep in the moisture and stop any weeds growing. All in all this took us most of the morning, and that was with the help of 3 men! We now have a great selection of these colourful troughs around our entrances.
What do you think of the finished look? There is just a couple more wooden ones to fill, but I ran out of plants! You can read more of our Friday Favs blogs HERE.
About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.