Get a Jump Start on Spring with Garden Pottery
It is the end of February, and with March just on the horizon, that means spring is almost here! Maybe we are a bit over eager. Regardless, when it comes time to enjoy the warmer temperatures and sunshine, growing a garden is a great way to do it! Not only can the vibrant colors brighten up your patio or backyard space but you can even use the garden to grow your own vegetables and herbs! Alright, we are itching to go, let us get our green thumbs going with garden pottery!
Types of Garden Pottery
There are several types of garden pottery out there. When we say the word ‘pottery’ no doubt you are thinking of ceramics, that brown clay fired into pots and bowls. Those are pottery, of course, but pottery encompasses so much more. Here are just a few examples.
- Resin Pots – Made from a heavy plastic (resin, go figure!) These are made from molds, often with some very fancy designs. They have colors and details that at times are designed to emulate stone.
- Plastic Garden Pots – The most common garden pot out there are light, plastic pots. These are the cheapest, easiest to find option. Often these are used to transfer plants.
- Cachepots – These are ceramic, plastic, or metal pots that are decidedly decorative pots, that is their purpose first.
- And, of course, Clay pots – The clay these are made of is red clay, or terracotta.
Obviously, there are a good few more types of pottery out there but these are by far the most common you are likely to come across. Let’s take a closer look at one of them and the pros and cons to using it.
- Being porous, clay pots allow water and air to easily escape the pot. If you’re a greenhorn green thumb who tends to overwater your plants, the drainage available will keep them alive.
- Plants that prefer a dry environment will also benefit from its porousness. Plants like succulents and cacti, Southwest Staples, find clay pots to be ideal homes.
- Being heavier, they are ideal for plants that tend to grow top heavy. The extra weight in the base will keep them sitting upright.
- Eco-friendly! If you are looking to grow a garden you probably care about the environment. Well the clay pot can be reused when broken as a base for other pots or if thrown out you can rest easy knowing they will turn back into the earth.
- Easy on the eyes. Let’s face it, a simple clay pot has a base level of pleasing aesthetic. Moss can also grow on clay pots which can make for a very appealing look.
- They’re heavy. Yes, that’s a pro and a con. They may keep the plant standing upright, but they’ll also deter easy movement, let alone once you fill it with soil and plant life.
- If you tend to forget to water your plants, well the porous nature will haunt you as the soil will dry out faster between watering. Plastic may be the way to go if so.
- Clay pots can break easily, if dropped – sayonara that thing ain’t coming back! If you have children or pets who are likely to bump them then reconsider.
- More expensive option, expect to spend a few dollars on good clay pots.
Those are the pros and cons of the clay pot. If those cons make using clay pottery in your garden a no-go, then look into the various plastic options. Plastic is cheaper, more resilient, lighter, and can keep the soil wetter between watering. Plastic, of course, has a huge variety of pots to suit any style you need.
So there you have it. A brief, but in-depth (and hopefully helpful!) pottery primer. Now go forth, gather your pots and plants and get your backyard garden blooming! Or at least be prepared for once this cold really breaks and spring is here.