here’s nothing quite like the return of the Rule of Six to make even the reluctant gardeners among us spring into action. But where do you start?
You can buy the most gorgeous plants in the land, but they won’t thrive if you plant them in the wrong stuff.
As the adage goes: “Look after the soil and the plants will look after themselves.”
The same goes for the compost in your pots and window boxes, so learning a little bit about this most unglamorous of subjects is the secret to having the most glamorous of gardens.
But it can be perplexing for beginners. How do we know if our soil is “good”? Do you have to replace the old compost in your pots every year?
If you’re confounded by compost and stumped by soil, follow these tips and you’ll reap the rewards in the year ahead.
Compost for containers
For plants in containers you need potting compost. Anything that describes itself as peat-free multipurpose potting compost will do.
Avoid composts grown with peat, and sadly this includes John Innes mixes, because ransacking vital carbon sink…