FLOWER TOWERS, WALL TOWERS & iBOP HANGING BASKETS
If you ordered annuals for your Flower Towers and Ibop hanging baskets earlier this year, they could now be turning up on your doorstop. Get them planted, with a good compost and slow-release fertiliser, and consider water retention gel to help them through those long hot summer days. Once potted up, keep them in the greenhouse until the last frost has passed, giving a chance for your plug plants to grow on. Then either place them in a cold frame, or outside during the day, for a week or two. Then place them in their final positions and create a regular watering regime. Bear in mind, they will require extra watering during the summer months.
SOW FOR SALADS
You can finally think about stepping up your sowing regime. And get ready for planting ion the flower Towers next month. Consider crops such as Salads, Lettice, Tomato’s. Sow into modules, trays, or pots, then keep them somewhere warm, with plenty of sunlight, such as a greenhouse or polytunnel.
Any seeds sown back in March, may now need thinning out, or even re-potting. Remember, as you carry out this task, it is important to hold the seedling by their ‘true leaves’, not their stems. While a damaged leaf will not hamper the plant’s growth, a damaged stem will leave the young plant helpless.
If you do not have the space for an herb garden, then it is ideal to grow them in Flower Towers. Give them plenty of sunshine, and plant them into some well-gritted soil. As herbs often originate from hot Mediterranean climates, it is advisable to try and replicate these conditions, so do not overwater.
If they have finished flowering. You can take them out of the Flower Towers as now’s the time to lift and divide them. Prise the plants apart. Don’t worry about damaging them as they’re quite tough. Re-plant where you would like to see them appear next year.