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May 16, 2020 9:45 PM CST
Los Angeles, CA
We found two large beautiful terra cotta pots left by our house's old owners. One can tell they haven't been used in a long time. We took out the dirt stuck inside. The dirt stains are deep and requires lots of scrubbing. Is it worth it? Can I use the pots without scrubbing the dirt stains? Will this hurt the herbs I want to plant? Thanks!
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May 17, 2020 12:58 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Welcome! Yes, I would try to scrub them. Clay pots are great for several types of herbs that need good drainage. You didn't specify how big the pots were, but the really good ones, which come from Italy, are very expensive. You may not be able to totally remove the stains, but scrubbing them is recommended to remove any harmful fungi or anything left in them. Use a simple soap, a wire brush, and rinse well. They can crack and break in winter weather, but I'm thinking in CA that shouldn't be a problem.
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May 26, 2020 6:53 PM CST
Los Angeles, CA
I took your advice, Lynda. Thank you!! They're nice and clean. I added the extra step of a vinegar rinse per a YouTube video for extra cleaning. Cheers!
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May 27, 2020 1:16 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Wonderful! You know, I didn't think about the vinegar, it has so many good uses. The one thing not to do with it is to use it as a bug or disease spray for your garden plants. I've seen some questions about this on ask a question. Use it to kill weeds, but don't put it on plants you want to keep!
Be sure to post a pic of your herbs in their new containers!
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