How to Keep Borders Tidy in the Garden
Where and how to move from greenhouse to garden
OK, so your plants are large enough now and the weather is right to continue the process.
Looking at what you have grown whether it be flowers, herbs or vegetables you need now to decide where you are going to show off your pride and joy plants.
Most plants that are going to be shown in pots will need at least ten plants in a large pot and less for smaller pots.
Try to envisage how big the actual plant will grow in size too and this should enable you to choose an appropriate sized pot and also enable you to determine how many plants need to be planted in the pots.
I also refer to the picture on the original seed packet to help me to determine the size of the pot.
Once you have made up your mind fill the pot three quarters of the way up with soil and then using a lolly stick gently pry the plant out of it's pot ensuring not to damage the roots in any way, now place the plants into the pot starting from the middle and then working around the pot until you have the required amount you would like in the pot, and as with potting on, place compost around the roots covering them and leaving the greenery showing.
Now take a minute to look at the overall appearance of your positioning of your plants and then smile!
What an achievement from seedling to plant and within a few months full blown flower, herb or vegetable that you have grown yourself.
Planting in borders
You need to ensure that you take into consideration the amount of space your new plants will need and the overall size in height when you decide which plants you would like to plant in your borders.
Most gardening books advise to plant tall flowers at the back of your border but I have tried both and have come to the conclusion that I like some taller plants at the front and some at the back.
It may be an idea too draw a small picture using the pictures on your packets showing the actual sizes and try to put all of the pictures together to make a border.
Once you have decided where you wish your new plants to go then you will need a small trowel to dig a small whole and like with the pots you take your plant and insert it into the whole and then firm a little more compost or soil around the root.
Keep an eye out for slugs in the borders and also birds
A small word of warning when using borders, slugs can be a real challenge in some garden so I would suggest every evening and morning just checking your borders to ensure the nasty slug has not attacked your new plants, it can be so disheartening if this happens.
You can buy deterents to help with this situation and my advise would be to do so.
Birds can also cause problems during the summer when insects become apparent so watch out for these too and if you see birds landing in your borders try to discourage them.
Keeping your boarders watered
Here in the UK we generally have a lot of rain, however, that said of late we seem to have more dry days than wet during May to October. Also, with water meters being installed around the country the poor gardener has to be a bit careful with watering the garden to ensure they are not met with a massive water bill!
Hence, the water butt, my advise to anyone with borders would be to install one or two butts in your garden. When it rains these will fill and you can use as much as you like on your borders.
© 2012 Trudy Cooper