Saturday, September 12, 2009

DIY Gardening: Upcycling Broken Clay Pots

Container gardening is certainly my preferred method of growing things. Now that The Boy is back in school, I've found myself spending more time outside tending to my poor, neglected container garden. Earlier this week, I pulled some dead plants and tossed them into the yard composting bin only to notice that a couple of my clay pots had developed cavernous cracks that will not last another planting season.

As everyone who gardens in containers knows, along with proper watering, drainage is an issue of utmost importance. I usually use rocks at the bottom of my pots to facilitate easy drainage. But, I was inspired by poor broken pots and ... well, let's face it, I'm a bit hormonal right now ... so I took a hammer to them and used the broken shards of ceramic in place of rock. Upcycling or repurposing something destined for the land fill rocks pretty hard but let's face it, breaking shit with a hammer rocks even harder.

Originally uploaded by Marni Molina
This particular pot ended up home to our wee garden gnome, Aingeru, and three new Celosia which is an annual that produces striking flowers in outrageous colors. Most importantly, because we're in the midst of a level two drought right now and it's been hot as Hades here, Celosia is quite heat-tolerant to boot. Score!

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