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Pots on paving slabs on the ground (soil)

DedekindDedekind Posts: 171
edited May 2021 in Garden design
Hello, 

I have a soil bed outside my back garden door. We are building an extension after the summer so I really don't want to plant anything there -- everything will be gone. At the moment there is nothing, just soil which is boring to look at. 

I have lots of potted plants that I could put there, would placing them on a paving slab be good? Only worry is waterlogging? (I have spare slabs hence how I came up with this idea)  I am not looking to pave the whole thing just one slab per pot.
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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,348
    Yes, it would be just like placing them on a terrace. If there are drainage holes in the bottom of the pots the water will drain anyway. If you put them directly on the earth you may find the roots growing into the earth which would make things awkward when you want to move them.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,889
    They'll be fine, but it would be a good idea to put them on pot feet too, rather than them sitting directly on the slabs.  :)
    You don't need posh, shop bought ones - anything will do - bits of timber etc. 

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


  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 West Yorkshire Posts: 2,142
    I use off-cuts of timber as 'feet' for all my pots 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,348
    Gosh, shows the difference between being in Scotland and Yorkshire, @Fairygirl and @Pauline 7. I'm in SW France and rather than feet for drainage I often use plant saucers to stop too much drainage. Plants in pots here can dry out very fast when it's hot.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 West Yorkshire Posts: 2,142
    In Yorkshire we need umbrellas for our pots.😁😉
  • LG_LG_ SE LondonPosts: 4,046
    Yes I always think that when pot feet are suggested. I have some, but only use them for  lavender, and only ever in winter - saucers under every single one for most of the year!
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,889
    Same here @Pauline 7 - I don't think I've ever put a saucer under a pot  :)

    6 out of 10 of the wettest areas in the UK are in the west of Scotland. The others being the north west of England [Cumbria] and Wales, and they reckon over 90% of 'wet ground' is in Scotland.  It's why we all have webbed feet....
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • LG_LG_ SE LondonPosts: 4,046
    edited May 2021
    While London is the driest city and the surrounding areas of Essex, Kent and Cambridgeshire are the driest areas in the UK. Such different experiences! Though they were saying on Beechgrove a couple of episodes ago (before the recent rains) that it had even been very dry in Scotland this spring. Perhaps only in the East? 
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,889
    @LG_ - it was certainly far drier in April than we would normally have here, but the frosts meant sunny days, which was great. Normally, we would still expect lots of rain/sleet/snow/wind  in April, which is why it takes longer to get plants growing. First half of May was more like our usual April weather, whereas May is usually a great month here. The east is often much drier than the west, as our wet weather predominantly comes out of the west, so we cop most of it  ;)
    A lot of Scotland has a similar latitude to parts of Denmark, and southern Norway and  Sweden. The north east regularly has the coldest temps in the UK. 

    I believe Suffolk and Norfolk are very dry too. For such a small island, the UK has a huge range of conditions, which can make it tricky when offering advice for plants.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • LG_LG_ SE LondonPosts: 4,046
    I do love how we have such a wide range though :smile: 
    Long live proper seasons! (I say that in hope rather than certainty though)
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
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