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When one of my terra cotta planters crack, or break, I take a hammer and remove the broken side and then place the good half in front of a plant in my garden.
I cover the edges of the planter with just enough soil to hide them so it looks like the other half is buried.
I love how it appears that the plant is 'growing' out of the half buried planter.
And with the broken half that I hammered away from the good half, I hammer the pieces small enough to use in the bottom of another planter for drainage.
There is no waste of a terra cotta, or clay pot, at my house. :-)
The large terracotta-colored pot we used last summer for our porch planter just did not look right with the selection of coleus and other shade plants we wanted to use this year. We shopped around, only to find that it would cost close to $50 to replace that pot with a much more suitable black one. Then inspiration: we used a $7 can of black spray paint (for use on plastic) to create a glossy black pot in minutes. It looks great!