What better topic is there on a mid-90 degree day in July than water gardening ? Even though the thermometer was recording 97 degrees, under the pavilion at TheDCH, it seemed cooler because of the lovely sounds of trickling water. Peg and Tiffany of Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin, Delaware (http://www.gatewaygardens.com/) gave us a quick lunch time course on water gardening in containers, complete with a few samples of these self-contained gardens to see in person.
Peg explained that water gardening in a container was very easy to set up, versatile and could be anything from a small container with a fountain on a deck or patio to a large container in the garden. Moving water requires a pump and outdoor electrical outlet (with GFI protection), but a still water container can also be beautiful. Tiffany stressed there were few rules except to have an adequate size container for your plants and to choose plants according to the sun exposure they will receive.
To keep mosquitoes at bay, mosquito dunks can be dissolved in the water monthly to kill larva. The dunks are non- toxic to fish, pets and wildlife.
Marginal plants are potted in heavy soil topped with stones and placed in the containers as accents. Pots can be placed on a brick or paver to achieve the right height. Peg did caution against using concrete pavers as they will sometimes leach and change the water PH. Floater plants literally float on the surface and provide shade that decreases algae growth in sunnier settings. Fertilizer plugs may also be purchased and pushed down into the pots to encourage heavier blooming.
Water gardening 101 according to Peg & Tiffany
Pick Your Location
Pick Your Container
Pick Your Sound
Pick Your Plants
Water gardening plants and materials can be purchased at Gateway Garden Center. The staff will happily assist you in selecting just what you need. And, if you are a member of TheDCH, you’ll receive a 10% discount on the plants! Visit them on-line at http://www.gatewaygardens.com/
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