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01/09/2013 at 20:23

IN OE NE OF YOUR PLANTING POT SUGGESTIONS,YOU SAY ADD CROCS TO THE BASE OF THE POT,WHAT ARE CROCS?

01/09/2013 at 20:25

Old broken flower pots etc,pieces added to base of pot to add drainage.

01/09/2013 at 20:27

if you don't have broken plants pots, you can use lumps of polystyrene.

01/09/2013 at 20:27

They are dodgy plastic shoes Peter!!!!  No, seriously, they are broken bits of terracotta pots or stones.  They allow the pot to drain more easily, you can use broken up polystyrene as well, it's not as heavy as terracotta.

01/09/2013 at 20:29
Pete they are for drainage at the bottom of the plant pot, people used to use broken old plant pots broken up small and put into the base of the pot before adding the soil ,sometimes people use polystyrene,really any type of stones will do the trick,
Good luck
01/09/2013 at 20:29

When I read the headline, I was going to say, there are a bit like alligators but found in Australia.

01/09/2013 at 20:38

fidget tut tut!!!! that was terrible.

01/09/2013 at 20:55

Sorry.

01/09/2013 at 20:59
PaulaH wrote (see)

They are dodgy plastic shoes Peter!!!!  No, seriously, they are broken bits of terracotta pots or stones.  They allow the pot to drain more easily, you can use broken up polystyrene as well, it's not as heavy as terracotta.

Haha!!!! That was my immediate thought too 

01/09/2013 at 21:24

I was thinking of something witty to say too fb 

01/09/2013 at 21:48

I'm a bit of an old croc some days

01/09/2013 at 21:51

Talking about crocs- the biggest one I saw, was in a zoo in Kuranda near Cairns. It was called Jack the Ripper, because every time they found him a female, he ripped her to bits. He was 12m long. That was a chuffing big croc.

02/09/2013 at 00:52

fg...biggest CROC I've seen was in a GC, a couple of inches across, orange and made from clay 

02/09/2013 at 07:03

This is my family's favourite croc  http://www.flickr.com/photos/hectorpatrick/6976436963/

02/09/2013 at 10:26

Corks from wine bottles work well too and I use broken plates and dishes too.    If you're planting a deep pot with seasonal plants and wantto reduce the amount of compost needed you can use a layer of polystyrene shells or just chunks from packing.  Good insulation too in winter.

However, recent research by the RHS seems to show that crocks aren't necessary and you can just put a piece of gauze (or J-cloth) over the holes to stop compost leaking out and then fill directly with compost but then you do need to make sure the pots are standing on feet so that excess water can drain away more easily.

02/09/2013 at 14:47
hi all ,,since answering this question earlier today iv found out wot a Croc really is!! just listen to the news 2nite for a description of a croc and what it does ,,im not kidding just listen to todays news,glad it wasnt me,,, you have 2 watch these Crocs Peter Richardson be very careful how you handle them ((Smily)) i aint gotnon
Alan
03/09/2013 at 09:32
in case you missed the news ,,yesterday reported a 12 foot long croc in Australia it said kept a kiaker trapped on an island for 2 days stalking him ,every time the chap tried to escape the croc attacked forcing him back to shore apparently he finally escaped now thats crocs for you,(( even spell check cant spell that boats name proper )
03/09/2013 at 21:27

Thanks to all the Witmeisters amongst you,I put up the target and some certainly went for it.Look forward to posing more intriquing points for you to answer,love the banter,keep it up.

03/09/2013 at 21:55

Ok Peter,

See you later (then) alligator; in a while crocodile

 

03/09/2013 at 21:56

Sorry, but late at night after a glass or three, anything  happens.

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