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Making Your Valuable Garden Pots Harder To Steal

By Keith Maiden

A while back, I decided to put some large garden pots out in my front yard. The area I live in is relatively safe but there is a school close by and I get quite a few people walking down the street and through the yard. So, I have a concern that if I put some large garden pots out that someone will, eventually, either try to haul them away or take them just to smash them up.

It’s been two years now since I installed them using the solution described in this article. Its really easy so hopefully, anyone could do it. This method will work on any number of pots you may have but for my purposes, I had a grouping of three medium to large sized garden pots.

You have to start by determining where to place your garden pots. Around the base of each pot, draw a circle. Next, remove the pot to one side and dig a circular hole using the outline you just made in the dirt. Dig it out about one foot deep. Mix about half of a plastic five-gallon bucket of cement.

Fill the hole until it is about half way full with the cement. Next, take one end of the chain and stick it into the wet cement. Leave at least six inches or so of chain if you were to pull it tight through the hole in the bottom of the pot. To do this, hold the chain up tight over the drying cement by threading a wire or dowel through one of the links and bracing it over the hole.

Once the cement has dried, fill in the rest of the hole with soil. The only thing you should see now is a short length of chain sticking out of the ground. Now you can move the pot back in place and you will have to thread the chain up through the drain hole in the bottom of your garden pot.

I then used a carabiner that’s used for rock climbing (available at most camping and outdoor sporting goods stores) and looped it into the link that made the chain tight and the garden pot firmly against the ground. If you can’t find a carabiner, use whatever you wish to hold the pot in place.

Then, use more dirt to fill the pots about three quarters full. This should prevent someone from coming along and just removing the carabiner or other holding device – and, it adds weight. This should now be enough to safely secure your garden pots and deter any would be thieves.

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Maiden, Keith "Making Your Valuable Garden Pots Harder To Steal." Making Your Valuable Garden Pots Harder To Steal. 10 Jul. 2010. 7 Dec 2014 <>.

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