Con­tainer care

Amateur Gardening - - Gardening Week -

Au­tumn con­tain­ers need dif­fer­ent care to those planted in sum­mer.

Don’t add mois­ture-re­tain­ing com­pounds to the com­post as you are un­likely to need them.

Al­though au­tumn and win­ter can be dry, there isn’t enough heat to steal the mois­ture so wa­ter­ing by hand is less ar­du­ous.

Hard frost can be a prob­lem as it causes wa­ter in the com­post to freeze and ex­pand, lead­ing to cracked pots.

Com­bat the prob­lem by lin­ing pots with bub­ble wrap, keep­ing it clear of the drainage hole, and swad­dling them in fleece on frosty nights.

Watch out for slugs and snails. Wrap cop­per tape around pots – it ap­par­ently gives these pests an elec­tric shock when they cross it!

In­su­late the in­sides of pots us­ing bub­ble wrap

Keep slugs and snails out

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