Save water in the garden with a thirst-free pot.
With gardeners being forced to save every drop of water, we need to look at some hardy, tough planting options that don’t have a thirst. This pot recipe does just that with drought-tolerant plants and good soil preparation.
What you need:
- 1 bucket potting soil
- ½ block of coco peat, reconstituted in water
- 2 cups vermiculite
- A handful of organic pellets like Bio Ocean
- A handful of bonemeal or superphosphate
- A handful of water-retaining granules like Wonder Stockosorb Waterwise Crystals
- Gravel for drainage
- A suitable container – we used a wide-mouth terracotta pot
- A selection of hardy plants
- Gravel mulch
Add a layer of gravel to the bottom of the pot to help with drainage, and fill the pot halfway up with the soil mix.
Place the plants in the pot and fill in with extra soil mix, then press down.
Top with a layer of gravel mulch and water well. After that you only need to water once a week.
Feed once a week with a liquid fertiliser to keep the plants in top shape.
A succulent perenniall that does not require much attention in a sunny dry garden.
Sedum tetractinum ‘Coral Reef’
This drought-tolerant plant has attractive green foliage that turns reddish bronze in autumn.
These come in a range of brightly coloured daisy-like flowers that bloom for long periods and do well as a water-wise groundcover.
Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost‘
A pretty, delicate-looking plant that is tough as nails, ‘Diamond Frost’ requires little water and will do well in sun or shade.
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