I have a lot of pots. They sit on various surfaces; stone patio, hearth and wooden decks. Most of them are on saucers but even those don't protect the surfaces on which they sit, from staining. After heavy rainfalls water can gather underneath and cause unsightly mold stains. The answer is, of course, pot feet and there are some really lovely ones out there, but they are expensive. You may also be able to find some inexpensive ones made from plastic.
I was very fortunate to inherit some clay pot feet from a friend who was leaving town. They add a special touch to my garden pots. One of my favorites is the maple leaf.....
but then there is the fun little piggy...
and an acanthus leaf..
For years I have been making my own pot feet out of corks. Yes, that is the reason for that ever growing collection of corks in the kitchen drawer.
Quite simply I cut down the corks to size, depending on how elevated I want the pot to be, and either stick them to the base of my pots saucers or just place them underneath. I use them outside and in the house when I want to protect a glass or wooden surface. The best cutting tool is a sharp serrated knife.
They also come in handy to use as a spacer when hanging something on an outside wall.
If you have a lot you could use them as a light weight pot filler. Anyone have any other ideas for their use in the garden? No cork boards thank you!
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