Plant up a var­ied win­ter con­tainer

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

1 In­su­late your pot with bub­blewrap to help pre­vent the com­post freez­ing, killing plants and crack­ing the pot.

2 Don’t cover the base with bub­blewrap, as wa­ter needs to drain away. Add pot or poly­styrene crocks to boost drainage.

3 Add com­post to the level of the root­ball of your main plant. I mixed multi-pur­pose with John Innes No 3.

4 Tease out any tightly-wound roots. I planted my Hyper­icum, added more com­post and then planted my bulbs.

5 Af­ter cov­er­ing the bulbs with more com­post, add the rest of the plants, tak­ing care not to dam­age any roots.

6 Wa­ter the pot well. Au­tumn and win­ter can be dry, so make sure the com­post is al­ways kept moist.

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