Hello again! I hope your gardens are coming along nicely and you had a chance to tick off some of those April gardening jobs.
Here's some advice I'd give to those of you trying to create stunning hanging baskets and window boxes.
1) Don't be mean with your plants! A mistake is to put too few plants into the boxes or baskets, because though they'll eventually create a good display, you're waiting for two or three months for the plants to fill in the gaps.
Tip: Almost overfill the box, basket or container with plants and not only will it look better faster, it will go on looking good for longer.
2) It's important to keep the plants in hanging baskets and window boxes well-fed. The amazing displays you see at the Chelsea or Hampton Court flower shows are crammed with plants for quick impact, but it's through regular feeding that the displays are able to maintain their long-lasting impact.
Tip: Feed your displays twice a week using a high-potash fertiliser.
3) Many bedding plants need to be dead-headed. Remove the spent flowers from plants that have finished flowering. This prevents the plants from going to seed and the plant will put its energy into producing new flowers.
Tip: Not only does dead-heading neaten up the plants and keep your display looking good, it allows you to double the number of flowers the plants produce.
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