When I was growing up, my parents used to use chimney pots as planters. I’m not sure whether they just had a couple of spare or whether it was a deliberate plan, but I’ve been thinking recently what a good idea it was.
I’ve never been a big fan of pots as permanent place to grow things. They do have advantages: like raised beds, they will warm up quicker in spring, it’s often handy to have segregated areas for growing smaller or weaker plants for extra attention and coddling, and of course pots can look good as well. But on the other hand they’re always too dry or too wet, nutrients get used or leeched from the soil, and before you know it you’re spending half your time watering and feeding the potted plants while the ones in the ground just look after themselves.
So I’ve decided to take inspiration from the chimney pots. We’ve already taken an angle grinder to the bottom of one large pot, and I’ve let it be known in the family that 30 – 40cm square terracotta pots would be a welcome christmas gift. I’m going to line some of the paths with them, and the open bottoms should let worms and plant roots in and out and avoid the nutrient depletion and moisture issues.
I just wonder why everyone isn’t already selling them pre-cut…