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How to plant your Raised Planter.

            Raised plant and flower boxes can be beautiful and stylish additions to any a home. They have practical applications as well.          Raised  planters help gardeners by bringing the garden to a more reachable level. When you receive your raised ‘Highlander Planter’ place it in position. Obvious, but you never know, it will be heavy and difficult to move once filled. Place the supplied liner in the bottom over the slats. You are now ready to add your planting medium-potting compost.
          Potting compost for your raised planter should be sterile and have good moisture retention attributes. It should also have sufficient nutrients to establish and sustain plants as well as being free-draining. Loam less compost is not heavy enough to support top heavy plants, particularly if allowed to dry out.
          Once you have positioned your raised planter, pour in your potting medium and lightly consolidate by pressing down with your hands. Fill the planter to within three to five centimetres of the top of the planter.
          When planting, place the dominant, larger plants first. Most people buy their plants from a garden centre (we also have articles on growing from seed or cuttings). In this case plants will have been grown by nursery men in pots. Prepare a hole big enough for the plant’s root system.  Remove the plant from the pot and make sure that the roots are moist.  Straighten the roots out as much as possible, being careful not to beak or tear too many of the roots. Place the plant in the hole and fill with planting medium, firming with your hands as you go. Finally water well and water at intervals afterwards(we have articles on when and how to water).
 
Things you will need:
  • Choice of plants
  • Trowel
  • Watering can
 
Planting Design
 
     Draw your basic planting plan on a sheet of paper with plants you would like to use represented at mature size. Use it as a guide to ensure all your choices will fit your planter box when full grown. Use a good  book if you're not sure of any plant's eventual size. Remember that your planter will be seen from all sides unless placed against a wall so place tall plants in the middle.
     Container Gardens, use three basic plant forms to create a dynamic design. Mix tall, round and trailing plants for lasting eye appeal. Put plants next to each other when choosing at nurseries or garden centres to see how the plants look when grouped together.
Think about the flowering  season and bloom colouring for your design. Flowering season is short for some annuals so consider a mix of annuals and perennials. You can also lengthen the flowering season of your planter by including bulbs.  
 
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