Using broken pots in garden

North Fork, CA(Zone 7b)

This garden area was spotted on the Christmas Home Tour in our town. This was a big pot, 2 feet at least in diameter. I'd cry a bit I think, but then.. do what this gardener did, I hope.

On my blog, I did a show and tell on what I do with my broken pots.

Using broken pots in garden: http://wp.me/p10S9N-em

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Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Ooooo ... that's definitely worth at least a few tears. :( But what a lovely way to salvage that disaster! Thanks for sharing the picture. I think it encourages all of us ... especially the klutzes like me. ^_^

Brady, TX(Zone 8a)

Love it!

Bolingbrook, IL(Zone 5a)

I really like that picture alot. It has some that something extra that makes it look special some how. Thanks for posting it.

North Fork, CA(Zone 7b)

I wonder if you kept in contact with local nursery owners, you could ask for any broken pots like this??? Also, notice that the mushrooms are artificial. It would be fun to set up a llittle scene like this, huh?

Bolingbrook, IL(Zone 5a)

suewlan checking the nurserys is a really good idea. If I can remember it that long I will check that out in the spring.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

A few years ago, I toured a local gardener's garden. She had tried to move a big clay urn and dropped it and broke one side of it. She planted it in the garden, like the one in the original post. And she planted it to look like plants tumbling out of it. It was so pretty and I know I have a picture somewhere but I can't find it. The snow and ice broke one of my hen & chicks pots so I planted it and put different sedums in the different holes and the mouth of it so it looks like it fell over and settled into the earth. I love clever ways of using our mistakes--happy accidents, Bob Ross always called them.

North Fork, CA(Zone 7b)

I agree. Broken pots can add an 'ancient' look to the garden, like is has been there for long. If we see any broken pots at thrift stores, too, we will now know what to do with those.

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Happy accidents! ^_^

casselberry, FL

well to share my experiences with checking with nurseries....i was asking around this past spring for broken pots...besides the crazy looks i recd...they all told me that they could send them back to manufacturer for credit if they were broken....but it doesnt hurt to ask...so i just bought a big pot(planter) and put it on its side with rocks and vines spilling out...i had lots of compliments...

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

thats what happened to me too but I found some pots at junk stores with cracks and chips that they gave to me a really cheap.. it they had been in good shape they would have been more. So just keep looking and checking places out.. oh and even if they say they are going to send them back check the dumpsters if you can, sometimes the company tells them not to send them back so they trash them anyway.. I always figure once its in a dumpster its fair game! ( unless the dumpster is behind a locked gate)...lol..

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

LOL. Agreed! ^_^

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Gives me ideas for the fairy garden I'm doing this spring

casselberry, FL

fairy garden ...sounds cool...what r u planting in it

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

I just got started and it's my first one....it's is going to become addicting!!!!! I am in BIG trouble. LOL

Found these on clearance

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Bought these from Ebay, the first door came broken so she made me a new one then sent a bunch of extra stuff

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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

the windows

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casselberry, FL

i love thier site...i am making a list of the things i want from there also...i love the fairy house...is it right to call it a house?...that seems like an awesome idea....

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Nice use of color in the garden. I have a piece of broken sculpture.I'll use it for sempervives.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I've used broken pots for many years in the garden. They're very useful to protect the front of clematises from too much heat and they give an ideal spot to load it up with manure and compost each spring.

Around here nurseries will give me any broken pots for free.

I left this chicken out one year and he broke in three pieces but it's still good for the young basil.

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

nice

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

A piece of a pot is good for a sign.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Freebie! Covers the roots of French Tarragon very well.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Another broken one, again my own fault, covering clematis roots.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Accidentally dropped this one but, again, it's great for the clematis and holds a lot of manure and compost, which the clematis loves.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

This saucer cracked but it's good for bird seed since it drains. I put the old empty hanging basket on top to try and thwart the crows. At least the little birds have a fighting chance.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Another one used for a label. The plant died but the label lived on for awhile.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Broken clam shells used to make my Eastham sign - our favorite place on Cape Cod.

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Southern California, CA

Pirl: Very creative. My favorites: the plant label and the bird seed saucer!

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Thanks. Those miserable crows still manage to get to the seed but the little ones hop right in and dine.

They do use the half whiskey or wine barrels around here, on their sides, with petunias flowing out like a river. It's very pretty.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

The bird seed thwarter is a good idea. I will use it to keep the deer from the seed.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Great ideas, Pirl!

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Thanks. Many ideas are born from frustration.

Laie, HI

I have used pieces of broken clay pots as mulch on top of the soil of big container plants. Have also use pieces of broken dishes......I especially like the blue and white asian pattern ones.

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

So many clever ideas for broken pots. I have a terra cotta pot that broke and I've been saving it to use in the garden. Maybe on my day of dumpster shopping I may run accross a few broken pots, thanks for all the ideas.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

I have placed parts of cracked pots under foliage where the soil is moist for toad abodes. Not sure they use them but they could, I have loads of toads around the pond in the summer.

Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

I have a renewed sense of why I saved all my broken pottery. Here's my nest. I used EB 6000 for glue.

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Kingman, AZ(Zone 7b)

Here's something on another forum I made with one of those baskets.

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Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Luv the pot with the birdie. Very sweet. ^_^

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