Types of Weatherproof Containers

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Today's outdoor gardener has a choice of several different types of weatherproof containers, but they must tale care to choose materials that resist the pressure of freezing and thawing. Learn your container options in this free video on winter garden care.

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Hi, I'm Marci Degman, the aspiring gardener. And today, we're going to talk about different types of weatherproof containers. And, most of the time, when you're going to have container plants outside, you're going to want to have larger containers, because they hold more soil, they hold more water, and you can get a lot more plants in them. But, the other thing you have to think about is how they're going to handle the weather in the winter. The soil inside a container, once it absorbs moisture, is going to freeze and thaw every time the weather changes. And, what can happen is, that soil will actually expand and crack your pots. So, what you want to do is, you want to look for outdoor containers that can handle that kind of pressure. Concrete is a great material, metal does well, wood does well without the, you know, the wearing of the wood is going to occur, but you won't have a cracking issue so much. I guess wood would be about a medium grade winter container, maybe not the best, but not bad. But, for ceramic and terra cotta, there's some things you're going to want to look at. And, the first thing you want to check is how thick the pot is. As you can see, with both of these containers, they're pretty thick walled. And, if you aren't able to tell by looking, you'll know by picking up that pot, the thicker the wall, the better resistance to cracking it's going to have. Now, with terra cotta, there's other things you want to think about, too. Here I have a container that's just your basic, inexpensive terra cotta container. It's really good for almost every other application, but because it's baked in a certain way, it cracks very easily in the weather. So, this is not the best outdoor material. However, they have Italian pots and hard fired pots like this terra cotta, that actually is really thick. And while it'll kind of, you know, weather, and it'll show minerals and maybe moss, and different things will happen, which is attractive to a lot of people, it won't crack just down the side like this pot will. So, when it comes to terra cotta for outdoor planting, you definitely get what you pay for. And, you want thick walled pots, if you can keep them out of direct weather, that's always good, too. The same with ceramic, metal, wood, and concrete. And, you'll have a good outdoor pot for many winters to come.

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