GROW YOUR OWN TOP TIPS, FROM ALYS FOWLER

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Green Issues -

GROW ROCKET No­to­ri­ously ex­pen­sive in shops, rocket is a de­li­cious leaf that can be grown eas­ily in a pot within a month – by any­one, says Fowler. “It needs a par­tially shady spot too so you don’t even have the lack of a sunny win­dowsill as an ex­cuse,” she adds.

DRAINAGE “If you’re us­ing a reused item as a pot, such as a bucket or yo­ghurt pot, or even a plas­tic veg con­tainer, then make sure you drill some holes for drainage,” Fowler says.

BASIL “In­stead of buy­ing a pot of basil from the su­per­mar­ket which dies within a week (this isn’t your fault – there are so many seedlings crammed in the pot that they quickly out­grow the space), grow your own,” says Fowler. “Wa­ter it in­fre­quently and give it some light, and it should last well into the au­tumn.” REG­U­LAR WA­TER­ING Un­like plants grown in the ground, pots rely very much on us to keep them wa­tered, says Fowler. “When wa­ter­ing, do it thor­oughly, till the wa­ter runs out of the drainage holes and in the morn­ing, so the plant can drink it up all day long.”

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