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Cherry3Cherry3 Posts: 35

I am the lucky recipient of an old butler's sink in good condition which I would like to use in the garden---id there anything special that I should do to it before setting it up with plants? And what would readers recommend--a herb garden in it or an alpine garden???

Eagerly looking forward to your ideas---image



  • Depends where you site it.............plenty of good gritty compost will allow you to have a variety of alpines/house leeks or WHY. 

     Just ensure that you allow drainage whatever you go for.

    One thing about old sinks is that the enamel finish on the inside does tend to stop plant roots getting a could always make an interior "lining" by mixing some sharp sand/grit with a tad of cement and making a thin layer bottom and sides........that way, the plants can get a grip.

    If you get it right, they do make an attractive planting area. image


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  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Why do the roots need to grip the inside of the sink, Philippa?

  • Cherry3Cherry3 Posts: 35

    Are  you saying that all these ''sinks'' we see with plants in, have an interior lining---seems a lot of ''kerfufle' if I may say so? I knew I had to ensure good drainage, then thought you just popped plants in, with suitable compost.-------image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800, I would LOVE  one of those image

    Cant advise in compost etc as would have no idea myself, but personally I would have it as a herb garden image

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  • Steve............just that when you plant stuff in the ground, there is always room through the soil for the roots to grow.  If the roots suddenly come up against a smooth surface, they can't get any further.  A smooth surface also allows water to "sit".

    You can argue the same happens in a pot...........b ut if you want to have the sink as a fairly long lasting "planter", I've always found a rough surface is better than a smooth surface.

    Just my experience .............I would never plant  something in a pot which was glazed on the are just providing a sink for water to sit in.

    Each to their own I guessimage

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    I have one image and I made an alpine garden


     My plants didn't seem to have any issues growing! Hahaha!



  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 12,902

    Would love a butlers sink, wouldn't cover it up. Would use mine for a small rockery garden.

    Think I should put this on the envy thread Panda image

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    My butler sink was, what I consider, cheap, £30. I got it from a place that sells that kinda stuff. image Not much help, sorry image

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