Watering containers

Question ...

I grow a lot of plants in containers, in the summer they dry out very quickly. Is there any way that I can get the soil to hold moisture for longer?

Answer ...

When growing in containers increase the organic matter content by adding garden compost and leafmould. Try using a thick gravel mulch on the tops of the pots. This helps to hold in moisture and keeps weeds down. Water early in the day or late in the evening, less water will be wasted compared with watering at midday. Organic moisture retainers are available, composed of seaweed they are able to hold eight times their own weight in water.

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