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Winter and Garden Pottery

Not everyone lives in the same type of climate.  Like us here in Arizona have pretty mild Winters. It does get cold but the sky is mostly blue, clear and sunny.  Back on the East Coast, we know that is not the case. Well, where you live can dictate what types of garden planters you choose to grow in and decorate with.

If you are one of the lucky ones that can move large or small containers into a garage or potting shed there are a few steps you need to follow.   Start by removing all plant materials and potting soil.  Now is a great time to compost but whether you do or not doesnít make a difference. The pots need to be cleaned out!

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Start by scrubbing the outside and inside with a soft brush and 10 parts water to 1- part bleach.  Let them dry completely.  Then move them for added protection.  It is not always possible to move extra large pots, so follow these instructions instead.  Clean them out if possible and lift them up off the ground with pot feet or wood boards.  This keeps them from freezing and cracking.

For large pots with plants that are not seasonal, you will need to lay a layer of mulch across the top. This creates a layer between the cold freezing weather and the potting soil, where the plant's roots live.  It also helps if you can wrap the planter with burlap or bubble wrap. This also creates a barrier of protection between the cold and the fragile planter.

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Pots and garden containers can be expensive.  Unless you donít mind replacing your pottery on a regular basis itís best to provide any protection you can so that the pots will last and last for many years.

Terracotta is meant to retain moisture so these are the most likely to crack.  You need to keep them covered with a plastic bag so water doesnít seep into the clay. If it does and the weather freezes then these types of garden containers will crack.  Materials that do well in Winter are concrete, sandstone, frost proof glazed planters or fiberglass and polyresin.  These materials are meant to repel water.  But, as a caution remember if a glazed pot cracks or chips, water will find it and seep in. Then itís just a matter of time before the pot will break down.

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So, hopefully, this information is helpful.  Take care, be wise and you will help your home and garden containers last for many years!

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Post Last Updated: 2/19/2019 12:50:27 PM 

Let's Clean Our Garden Planters!



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Since we are a number one source for garden containers on the web, lets share a tip on how to keep those pots healthy and looking good.

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You say healthy?  Yes, we did!  You need to wash your pots and continue to keep them clean from season to season and here's why.  Pots that are dirty can contain pests, bacteria and fungus that can harm your new plants once they are planted.  Since plants and soil that are contained in a garden pot can't rely on the earths soil to help fight off damaging and unhealthy bacteria, you must be extra careful.  

Don't take this wrong.  We love garden pottery!  When it comes to growing flower or veggies in containers there is nothing more satisfying and creative.  Contained gardens are perfect for small spaces like a balcony or roof top garden, how about a different herb in each pot right outside a kitchen window. The possibilities are endless but we just want you to be cautious with your pottery so that you will have great success year after year.

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Here are some basic steps.  Brush the pots to remove any dried dirt or debris that may have attached itself.  Fill a large container with warm soapy water using dish soap.  Add a cup of vinegar and brush thoroughly.  Rinse the pots off and leave them to dry outside in the sun or in a dish strainer in the house.
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Now the pots are ready for planting.  This simple step should ensure that your plant will start healthy and remain healthy.  Potted plants, herbs, & veggies. Nothing better
!
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