In my previous post on broken clay pots
, I recommended not throwing them out. If you're like me, and many others, perhaps this has happened to you this spring:
Not to worry, there are plenty of uses if you have the will to use them elsewhere.
You can use broken pots as garden art - allowing plants to spill out from their brokenness. It's quite interesting, and I will do a post on that method soon...
For now, this weekend, we made a path to the compost heap with all the broken bits that were saved over the years.
|First, it was decided that this worn area should have a permanent path made with aggregates. Shade from a Black Walnut and Silver Maple back there has made growing grass difficult. Crushed clay chips are ideal for this.|
|I used rags to wrap the broken sections and a sledgehammer -smashing the clay pots into 1 inch bits. |
(Make sure you don't smash and damage the surface beneath.)
Never do this on patio stones.
|Various sizes are the best. They help level and fill in gaps better.|
|I went through several rags accomplishing this. The impact shreds the material quickly.|
|If you have an intended area, use dark plastic to first kill off any grass or stubborn weeds before laying down the clay bits. It takes about 2 weeks with this plastic cover to kill off most everything. |
Make sure you way down the edges, so no light and moisture get through.
|Next, level off the intended path area. |
Remove ruts, high-low areas and remove any roots from neighbouring plant material.
Level the path down to about a 1 inch depth, so that the clay bits won't be too high off the ground.
|If you like to suppress more weeds and grass from growing through the broken clay, use landscape fabric or this old pond liner. It will help keep the weeds down.|
|I made the path slightly wider, and it's ok to overlap this fabric to create the desired shape. |
You don't have to use landscape fabric. We used it, since Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley) is situated on the left.
|Once I crushed a bucket full, I spread it over the landscape fabric. |
I just tamped it down with foot traffic, but you could roll it with an aggregate roller to make the chips embed in the soil.
|I had a hunch there was enough to cover the entire path...|
|Here is the finished result. Now, whenever another pot breaks, we can easily crush and top-up or refresh the path. Great waste diversion.|
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