I've amassed quite a collection of ceramic planters. Various colours and sizes, and all remarkably damage-free (considerably how clumsy I can be). But are they the best thing to trust your veggies, herbs etc to? Of course they look handsome, and can add some pops of colour to a paved area, but I've decided that for pure practicality plastic is better.
Mainly because the ceramic planter enables potting compost to dry out more quickly than plastic. The compromise I've reached is that plants are potted in plastic, then that's tucked into a ceramic planter. Prettier and practical, don't ya know.
If you plant directly into the ceramic planter then it's a good idea to line it first. An empty potting compost bag is ideal for this. Chop it up and wrap around the inner sides of the planter. Doesn't affect drainage, but does create a useful barrier between the compost and the clay pot.
I think a nice ceramic planter would be a most welcome birthday present for a gardener in your life. Longer lasting than a box of choccies and - unless you're buying one of the whopping big uns - not that expensive. Actually, that's a good question to ask - what's a good present for a gardener? Exotic seeds or a fruit tree? A hard working hand salve? What would you like to receive?
Moved from a garden-less city flat in the South West to a Yorkshire village in 2016. I now have a garden ... of sorts.