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guide to creating a traditional hanging basketGrow strawberries in a hanging basketCreating a herb hanging basket display
Snails, like slugs, cause a great deal of damage to plants. They feed mostly at night, seeking shelter during the day from the drying effects of the sun. However, the snail's shell allows it to move more freely than a slug over dry areas, such as paving. It too, leaves a tell-tal...
annuals into flower is to be mean and only feed the plants when changing the pot size; this way the plant won't produce too much foliage.For the Herb Farm we have been sowing French parsley. The trick to get a good germination is to sow the seeds
. The plants are for our own display, the theme of which is the myth and magic of herbs. Calendula is steeped in both. It was first used in Indian and Arabic cultures, before being discovered by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. In medieval England, marigolds
, before we start building our display.My herb display at Chelsea this year will contain a very unique sundial, featuring a sculpture of a hare. I went with Joanna Migdal, the sundial creator, and Jeremy James, the hare sculptor, to the foundry where both
description of culinary or medicinal uses. I hope this extra information will further inspire those that see the display to grow and use herbs.
themselves.When Kevin Smith asked our theatre audiences at Gardeners' World Live whether they used edible flowers in their cooking, very few people responded. What a missed opportunity.The flowers of chives and many herbs are edible, including rocket
of the weekend, as there are talks and demonstrations on all of my favorite subjects, including organic herbs and planting, garden wildlife, bees, butterflies and nature-friendly garden designs, all hosted by Katie Johnson and James Alexander-Sinclair, who has a
and climbing beans to flower and set seed. Several herbs readily do this too, like coriander and parsley. As the picture (top left) shows, flowering coriander attracts many beneficial insects, like hoverflies, which feed on its pollen.In fact coriander often
.Summer hanging basket inspiration and adviceMake a pelargonium, begonia and sutera hanging basketPot up a hanging basket with geraniums and verbenaCreate a cottage garden look with a display of begonia, marguerite, plectranthus and verbenaPlant up an edible herb