Container gardens and potted flowers are great during the warm months, but what do you do when winter arrives?
Here comes the cold weather again, except for those that choose the temperate zones. Along with other winterizing tips form previous posts, I recently was reminded of the question/debate about what to do with flower/container garden pots during the winter.
The obvious solution, if you are this fortunate, is to bring them all inside. Whether its a basement, garage, shed, or crawlspace this is the best place to winter your outdoor pots. If you don’t have this luxury other options do exist.
One of the most common pots , and most susceptible to freezing and cracking, is basic unglazed terracotta. Inexpensive and readily available, it needs the most protection over the winter.
Here are the most common suggestions for protecting you pots.
1: Empty all of the plant material and soil. If you have a compost bin chuck it in there. If not, you can make a pile and cover it with a tarp and reuse most of it next spring.
2: Delicate pots and those most likely to crack can be covered with bubble wrap. This will help insulate and protect them.
3: Place all of the pots together and cover with a tarp. If possible stack them close to a wall of your house. If not, try to place them where they will get as much sun as possible.
4: Pots that are large, or aren’t easy to move or empty should be raised off the ground with blocks, pavers, or bricks. They should also be covered.
5: One common thought for all of these suggestions – keep moisture out of the pots.
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