||An old wooden barrel makes an interesting plant container.
it comes to container gardening, what you use as the container
is limited only by your imagination. There are your standard
garden pots, barrels and baskets, and your not-so-standard
kitchen pots and pans, tires, wheelbarrows, old sinks and
bathtubs, even shoes!
Most reusable commercial containers are made of plastic,
terra cotta, stone, wood, metal or wire. All containers, regardless
of material, require winter-storage preparations.
Bringing Containers Inside
Remove any weeds and dead plant material and empty the soil
into the garden (unless you plan to reuse it — opinions vary
as to whether or not you
should). Rinse the pot to remove large dirt clumps. Using
a 10% bleach solution, hot water and a stiff brush, scrub
the pot to remove any remaining dirt. Rinse and stack when
Plastic pots can be left outside but they're less likely to
be damaged in a garage or shed. Terra cotta and stone containers
may crack if exposed to winter elements. They should be stored
in a garage or shed, turned upside down to prevent
them from filling with water, which will freeze, expand and
may crack the pots.
This is a delicate but manageable practice that is mainly
restricted to plastic or stone containers. As stated above,
terra cotta containers shouldn't be left outside in winter;
however, if they're too large to bring inside, remove the
soil and turn the pot upside down (if possible). If the pot is too heavy to turn over, wrap
it with heavy plastic to guard against water entering and
freezing. If soil is left in the container, ensure it's bone
dry and covered.