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Draining containers without holes

My gardening books all warn against potting plants in containers without drainage holes, so I’ve found a way to use the pottery crocks I buy at country auctions as planters by installing a drainage pipe at the time I fill each pot with soil. I cut a 1-inch-diameter PVC pipe as long as the crock is tall and cover the bottom end with a bit of nylon net screening. I position the pipe upright on one side of the pot before filling the pot with soil and plants. After a heavy rain—or if I suspect that I’ve used the watering can too generously—I tip the pot sideways to allow excess water to drain away through the pipe.

Carol Ritter, Chicago, IL

From Fine Gardening 1, pp. 6