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Securing pots on a shelf

we we have multiple shelves in our garden. Recently with the wind we have lost 3 terracotta pots due to the wind :( luckily managed to save the plants in them but it seems to be a theme now. Any ideas on how this can avoided? Thinking of screwing them to the shelves but would have to fill them after which could be a pain? 

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  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    How about a washer and a screw, fill the pots then secure underneath with a nut? You would have to use something to raise the washer slightly for drainage or maybe there is some other DiY widget that would do?
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 571
    Add a 'front' panel to the shelf? That might provide a barrier to hold the pots in place.
  • How about a washer and a screw, fill the pots then secure underneath with a nut? You would have to use something to raise the washer slightly for drainage or maybe there is some other DiY widget that would do?
    Treeface said:
    You could use some magnets.
    Both good ideas! Have not thought about magnets that’s a good shout might try. If not the washer and screw idea probably the way I’ll go 
  • Joy* said:
    Add a 'front' panel to the shelf? That might provide a barrier to hold the pots in place.
    It has a front lip and side lip around 20cm high. However the wind seems to whip through our garden due to the fact there’s an open field near by. Therefore the lip just seems to delay the inevitable unless i was to put an ugly high one on! 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,119
    Do the shelves have a lip on them? Are they on a fence/wall etc?
    If they are, a wire round them under the lip of the pots, and attached to the fence/wall might help. 

    My shelf has a reasonably substantial 'edge' to it, and I also use some small wedges of wood in between pots. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Fairygirl said:
    Do the shelves have a lip on them? Are they on a fence/wall etc?
    If they are, a wire round them under the lip of the pots, and attached to the fence/wall might help. 

    My shelf has a reasonably substantial 'edge' to it, and I also use some small wedges of wood in between pots. 

    As above it has a lip, however the wire idea is a good idea! 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,119
    That post wasn't there when I replied  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Fairygirl said:
    That post wasn't there when I replied  :)
    No worries :) 

    think I will go for the wire around the pots as I have a few on there. That way the overall weight of them combined should combat the issue! If not @treeface idea of the magnets will be tested :) thank you everyone! Swift resolution 
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