GARDENING TIPS: Bringing life to urban living
MANY people live in units and flats, but how do we grow flowers in such a limited space?
Pots are the obvious choice and there are many sizes, shapes and colours to suit different areas.
Macrame hangers can make use of a horizontal area to increase visual impact.
Window boxes look pretty but need to be secure as they are very heavy.
Great flowers that trail are the ivy geranium, nasturtium, sweet pea and zygotes.
Make sure to re-pot plants when they have grown too big for their container or if the soil has sunk.
You can also use your imagination to use other containers for pots too.
Abandoned toys make good pots.
A plastic troll with a head full of flowers, a toy dump truck or boat with a living load of flowers can help promote an interest in gardening for children.
Car tyres are difficult to dispose of. It looks great on the fence full of nasturtiums.
Guttering can also be screwed to the fence and planted out.
Wheelbarrows, boots, old guitars, wooden bowls and almost anything that will hold soil and create a personal touch will look good. Don't forget to drill holes in the bottom for drainage.
Annuals can be planted in less durable materials such as hats, bags, baskets and sacks. Just dump the lot in the compost heap when the flowers are finished.
Zippers and buttons can be picked out later.
Have a look around your yard and shed, you just might find a use for some of that rubbish that's been lying around.