How to plant in containers with Ellen Mary Gardening


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Container gardening is a really easy way to have a diverse and easy to manage garden. It’s an extremely versatile way of growing most plants and vegetables. Horticultural expert Ellen Mary Gardening demonstrates the best way to plant in containers in your new build garden.

Having grown up in Norfolk in her parents’ kitchen garden, Ellen Mary has a great love of all things nature. Now a TV presenter, content writer and Horticultural Coordinator for the Royal Norfolk Show, Ellen Mary is fast becoming a top gardening influencer. Ellen Mary gives us her best tips and tricks on how to plant in containers. Watch the video above to find out more.

1. Start by finding a good spot

Where you put your pots entirely depends on the amount of sun that particular spot gets. Many plants are happiest in a sunny and well-lit area – especially something like geraniums. But some plants can do well in shady spots, such as ferns. Decide where is best for the plants you have before planting the pots.

2. Choose your containers

There are an array of containers to choose from, so don’t be afraid to pick something a little different. Upcycling containers can add a creative flair to your garden and really make it stand out.

Make sure to add in some drainage holes so that your plants don’t get overwatered. If you’re unable to add in the holes yourself, use the container as a decorative pot by filling it with gravel and putting the plant pot inside.

Quick tip: The bigger the pot, the easier it is to maintain and look after.

3. Plant your containers

  • Cover the bottom with old newspaper or with an inch of gravel
  • For smaller pots use houseplant mix and for larger pots use a lighter, coarser mix
  • Add a little fertiliser to the soil to help the plants grow
  • Take the plant out of its plastic container, shake out the roots and place into the pot
  • Fill in the gaps with more soil and pat down to make sure it’s secure
  • Finally, water your plants and add some liquid fertiliser every week or so