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Cost effective ceramic/terracotta pots?

How do people source non plastic pots without spending a fortune? I scour the usual places like Facebook marketplace and gumtree but am I missing a trick?


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,965
    Most of the garden centres will have a sale of glazed/terracotta pots at some time, usually coming up to spring planting time and again in the autumn to get rid of the old ones. I sometimes take a chance and buy a larger cracked pot at a keen reduced price and then glue the crack on the inside. Turned round towards the wall/fence/whatever it's not noticeable.

     I don't use the two sites you mention.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 3,490
    I have the opposite problem @AnguisFragilis I have a number of terracotta pots/planters I no longer need..
    I've had some success in my small village by just putting them outside with a notice saying "Free to good home".
    May be worth trying your local Freecycle or Next Door Neighbour sites.

  • I must admit I see a load of planters say in front gardens full of weeds not being used and am tempted to knock on the door!
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,693
    Maybe they just see things differently… 🙂

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • pansyface said:
    Maybe they just see things differently… 🙂

    A load of pots tipped over and stacked in a corner with grass and moss the only things growing isn’t some attempting wildlife friendly gardening.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,551
    Several of the garden centres near me (Nottingham) stock seconds from Yorkshire Pots at pretty reasonable prices. Occasionally there'll be one with a crack that they'll let you have for a couple of quid. I always buy cheap pots if I come across them on my travels, there'll always be a use for them down the line.
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