Summer is always accompanied by insects trying to take a bite out of you. Impress your guests with a very smart insect-repellent pot from which you can also harvest some leaves, petals and stalks to use in cooking, garden salads, or in mixing cocktails
Place an aromatic pot like this one on the patio, or close to the braai area to repel flies and mosquitoes. Peak time: This pot should remain pretty all summer long, and only the annuals (marigolds) might need to be replaced after a few months.
1.Garden mint (Mentha spicata)
2.Marigold (Tagetes sp)
3.Lavender (Lavandula stoechas ‘Boysenberry Ruffles’)
4.Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘McConnell’s Blue’)
6.Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
5.Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus)
Use the right soil
Digging up some soil from the garden is not going to bring success in container gardening and should be avoided! Commercially produced potting soil has been carefully screened for weed seeds and soil-borne diseases, plus it contains fine bark, organic material and sharp river sand, all of which help with drainage but retain enough water to keep the roots evenly moist
Nourish your plants:
Container plants are kept confined in a small space, unlike garden plants, which means that they are reliant on you to feed them according to their needs. It is generally best to feed any focal and leafy container plant at least once a month with a good liquid plant food. Do this twice a week for mixed containers housing seasonal annuals and perennials.