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Topicflower pots inside window

  • Mon 23rd Apr 2018 - 2:57am

    Always make sure the window box is securely attached to the wall with L-brackets so there is no danger of it falling on someone's head.

    Remember window sills usually slant at an angle to run water away from window. Use wedges underneath window box if drainage holes are in middle of bottom of box.

    Plants will look best planted closely together. The roots soon fill the box and water is used up rapidly. Use vermiculite (a spongy granular product that you mix in with the soil before planting) to help retain water.

    If you place flower pots inside window box instead of putting soil directly into box then this is handy for Fungus Hack changing different plant schemes with the changing of the seasons. As well as removing diseased plants without fuss.

    Also, choose plants that will not grow too big and obscure the view out of the window.

    Scented plants are particularly good for window boxes as the scent is blown into the room on a breeze when windows are open on a balmy day.

    Suitable plants for window boxes:

    Annuals: petunias, pansies, lobelia, geraniums

    Bulbs

    Ivies

    Dwarf evergreens

    Raised beds

    Raised beds are particularly good for the elderly and infirm (especially those confined to a wheelchair) because of the need to stoop low to ground has been removed.

    They also add " height " to a garden making it look more interesting.

    They can be made from brickwork, dry stone walling, railway sleepers or logs.

    The width of the raised bed must not be so wide that one falls on it when tending the back of it, 2 foot width is enough. This is not a problem though if the bed is accessible from all sides, 4 foot width is good.

    Make sure that wheelchairs can access/pass by and that the ground surrounding the raised bed is of a non-slip surface such as rough slabs. Make sure water is nearby in the form of an outside tap thus making watering less of a chore.

    Before adding soil to the raised bed, fill it with two thirds rubble so that there is good drainage and the bottom of the walls do not discolour or rot. Tamp down the rubble before adding soil to prevent unwanted movement in raised bed at a later date.

    To prevent the soil getting washed down into the rubble lay upturned turf then old newpapers on top which provides a water retentive mulch.

    Thoroughly soak the bed before putting compost into it then leave to settle for a couple of weeks.

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