Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:24
That sounds brilliant Alan, just the ticket. I use ceramic and terrracotta pots, some cheap from a local hardware shop that shall remain nameless, though it says you can do it, and some quite expensive ones bought in sales at various garden centres. I find plastic ones dry out in warm weather and stay soggy in wet weather. However, I do use them for some things, such as garlic, and some ivy which is growing up a chain link fence - there is no soil there, they are beside the fence and are fine. Some of the pretty looking pots i have bought have frozen and the outer paintwork has come off in the ice, and then the inside porous pot soaks up water and breaks at the next frost. Some of my very cheap machine made teracotta have lasted for yeats. i have a few very, very large and expensive ones which are dong well - they freeze regularly, including in that terribly cold winter we had the year before last - I guess it is as much down to luck as anything else. If there is a small crack in it the water freezes in it then that is that ........ great fun this pot growing huh?