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Broken Bottom Garden Pot Ideas and Other Plant Containers for Your Gardens

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Beth is a long-time gardener and former professional who loves to share her rescues and successes in the plant world.

How Do I End up with So Many Broken Garden Containers?

I live in the Northeast of the United States. More precisely, about 75 miles east of Buffalo, N.Y. where most people in the country know a lot of snow falls there. But located just south of the greater Rochester area, we in Henrietta, N.Y. often get quite a bit more snow here. That cold weather, also in so many areas of the U.S., along with seasonal temps that go well above and below freezing, is not good for outdoor pottery. But should we toss those garden containers because they're broken?

No!

Here you will find some of my favorite solutions for cracked, smashed, and broken pots, and especially my favorite pots with a broken out bottom. Oh, and those who know me well would say I have a hard time throwing away anything that might have an alternative use beyond the intended.

Ever.

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You Can Create More Garden Focal Points Than Fairy Gardens or Spilled Flower Pots with a Cracked Planter!

A Good Motto To Live By...

...and one that inspires a lot of garden projects like this one that reuses pots that otherwise might be thrown out.

...and one that inspires a lot of garden projects like this one that reuses pots that otherwise might be thrown out.

I especially like using a separated, but unbroken pot rim to showcase a plant grouping, but there are many uses for all of the pieces of a broken pot.

I especially like using a separated, but unbroken pot rim to showcase a plant grouping, but there are many uses for all of the pieces of a broken pot.

This Large Clay Pot Rim was My First Repurposed Garden Container

Pieces of the pot chip off and add to the weed prevention. Or maybe just add to the charm, but that sounded good, right?

Pieces of the pot chip off and add to the weed prevention. Or maybe just add to the charm, but that sounded good, right?

Steps to Make Your Own Broken Bottom Garden Pot Creation

  1. Find an area in your yard that is appropriate for the plant you've chosen
  2. Clean the space down to the soil.
  3. Place and balance the pot to keep stable. Use stone or rocks if just a little adjustment needed, or dig down to make level if pot breakage is significant.
  4. Fill bottom with natural additions such as lava rocks, stones, brush and sticks, or similar.
  5. If using plastic liner pots (as shown), place bricks to lift pot even or just below garden pot rim.
  6. If using pot liners, fill with moisture control soil to have soil of plants placed with 2-3 inches of top rim, firm into place, and continue filling with soil for the remainder of the pot up to that top soil line.
  7. If not using a liner, line bottom up to ⅓ to ½ high with more fill material as mentioned earlier, to reduce soil amount and increase drainage. Fill with same soil while gauging height of plant to soil line to be level with 2-3 inches of pot rim. Firm in plant(s) and continue filling with soil to end soil level with plants.
  8. Water well, and check daily to make sure free of pests, and to ensure good growth.

And The Final Result with Potted Zinnias

Giant Zinnias, okay any Zinnias, are a favorite annual. If Dahlias were less maintenance in my 6b zone, they might take a backseat to those. But they are safe as a favorite as long as I live here.

Giant Zinnias, okay any Zinnias, are a favorite annual. If Dahlias were less maintenance in my 6b zone, they might take a backseat to those. But they are safe as a favorite as long as I live here.

Save Smaller Broken Pot Pieces for Drainage, to Stabilize Light Plastic Pots, or to Use Less Soil

If you like and collect unglazed clay pots... Just wait.  You'll have plenty of broken pieces in no time. Just the nature of the material. Save them all in... Another clay pot.

If you like and collect unglazed clay pots... Just wait. You'll have plenty of broken pieces in no time. Just the nature of the material. Save them all in... Another clay pot.

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Other Uses for Busted Plant Pots or Planter Parts

Rims...

Full for:

  • Weed barrier protection
  • Containing creeping plant varieties
  • Blocking creeping plants from overtaking less aggressive plantings

Partial for:

  • Plant markers written with weatherproof garden markers
  • Keeping creeping plants away from other plants
  • Leveling hilly garden areas for interest

Pieces...

Fill for:

  • Water drainage
  • Less soil required
  • Stabilize light weight plastic pots

Broken Pottery Mulch & Decorative Weed Prevention for:

  • Garden pots
  • Garden beds focal points

And of course, Vertical Breaks for:

Fairy Garden tiered layer pots

Spilled Flower Pots


There Will Be Future Plans for This Cracked Crock

Still usable as is, but will still shine as a garden focal point if and when it is further damaged. Currently holds a plastic pot full of Purple Coneflowers & volunteer Forget Me Nots.

Still usable as is, but will still shine as a garden focal point if and when it is further damaged. Currently holds a plastic pot full of Purple Coneflowers & volunteer Forget Me Nots.

Thanks for Visiting! Here are My Favorite Resources to Find Free Broken Garden Pots

If you like unglazed clay pots... just wait. You will break many.

Local Buy Nothing website and local Buy Nothing Facebook groups

Local Facebook buy & sell groups often have cheap or free listings

Craigslist

FreeCycle

And finally, curb offerings in your neighborhood can spark creativity with discarded plant pots and supplies.

Good luck in finding your new garden and yard treasures.

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