Crocks in Pots - A Waste of Time ?

Just saw this on the BBC news : a practice I have been doing for years. Am I now wasting my time ? Your thoughts please !!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-27126160

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  • SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 948

    I use gravel - from my driveway (don't mention to hubbie!).  Ensures drainage. 

    Im not sure you can test it with 40 pots anyhow.  Isn't the idea of crocks to reduce the chance that it might block - rather than expect an improvement in every pot with crocks compared to without.  I wouldn't be surprised though if sometimes crocks solve the problem and sometimes they cause it.

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..I no longer use crocks...however, for containers remaining outside all winter, I do put them on pot feet...

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,180

    I use them if I have them if not it is commando style or as they are. Does it help I have no idea, will I still do it? If there are any broken pots probably although have used all sorts from foam to gravel. They also said we are better off using sand in the bottom to hold excess water and feed it back as the pot dries out? Surely  you then need to crock the pot to hold the sand in, it would wash out.

    If it works for you do it your way, experts in everything have been so wrong so many times I no longer trust any of them, says he who had a fried breakfast every day of his long life, I should have gone long ago according to experts, "err" where are they now???

    Frank.

  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 212

    how about the saving on compost needed/used? if you have a deepish container, but what you are planting has shallow roots that wont extend all the way down - its a way of filling up the space? personally i dont tend to bother but thats primarily because i never actually have any crocks to use!

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    personally i use polystyrene ,and in big outdoor pots they are much lighter and also a little help with  insulation in the winter,works for me.image   

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,406

     My 90 year old dad says 'yeah, yeah, seen em come seen em go' 

    They will change it next year.

    I always thought my baskets and tubs were very good, think what i could acheive without crocks,

    triffids!!!

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 948

    Lyn, image Lol!

  • I've just started to use polystyrene (as noted by  Alan4711)  from packed goods and am breaking it up as 'crocks'.  definitely makes pots much lighter to move around and will observe if useful.

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,706

    I don't bother with plastic pots but with the large pots planted up with bedding plants, I use crocks. Either broken clay pots or the broken up polystyrene trays that my bedding plants are bought in.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,759

    Snap hogweed!!! image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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