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A novel torture device for the garden...

  • A novel torture device for the garden...

How's this for an unusual garden feature: it looks like a medieval torture device for plant pots, doesn't it?

Apparently these short towers of metal, with spiked rings, are vintage bottle drying racks, used in the wine industry, and probably French in origin.

However, they make perfect terracotta pot drying racks - or possibly, the biggest earwig-catcher I have ever seen.

“Earwig-catcher?” I hear you say, in confused tones. Yes, in case you haven't heard of that gardening trick, if you stuff a small plant-pot with straw or dead grass, then hang it upside down on a garden cane, pushed firmly into the ground, your earwig population will climb the cane and set up home in the straw, allowing you to dispose of them en masse from time to time.

I don't think this rack is being used to catch earwigs, but it certainly is a novel and decorative way to store small terracotta pots without them crushing each other.

And I suppose that if you wash out your pots, as we are all supposed to do, then it does indeed make a perfect drying rack for them.

Has anyone else come across something being, er, what's the trendy word, “upcycled” into use in the garden?

Comments (5)

  1. Grower


    I'm involved with setting up a community allotment and we have used an old metal gate and a single metal bed head as plant supports for raspberry canes (newly planted). I have just acquired an old extending fire guard which I plan to dismantle to attach to a frame to be used to grow peas up

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  2. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Nice, Cal! What a lovely neat allotment, I bet your community can't wait for next season, to really get to work in it.

  3. Grower


    Warm peas and sleepy raspberries can,t go wrong

  4. Grower


    it has been a long hard slog, as we have had the vast majority of the materials donated so matching volunteers availability to when materials where delivered was near impossible so mainly down to three of us, but we got there eventually. Hopefully we will have more help next year when we start growing.
    I did do some potatoes in a compost bag and some tumbling tom tomatoes in hanging baskets both very successful yah

  5. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Well done you, though, for persistence!

    ("warm peas and sleepy raspberries"... oh, Janet! )

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