Closing Up Your Container Garden

Written by Debbie Rodgers

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Cleaning Up Now that you've rescued what you can, get ruthless and empty all of your other outdoor containers. If you have a compost heap, chop uprepparttar remains and toss them there. Soil too! This is particularly important if you've been using terracotta or ceramic containers, asrepparttar 100104 moisture inrepparttar 100105 soil will expand when it freezes and you'll end up with cracked pots. (If there are any crackpots around my house, I want them to be ofrepparttar 100106 human variety!)

Next, wash outrepparttar 100107 empty containers to remove any disease and fungal spores. If your terracotta pots have a white build-up from water, potting soil and fertilizer chemicals, soak them for 24 hours in white vinegar and water with some baking soda added. Then scrub them with a stiff brush in warm soapy water. Rinse thoroughly.

Air or sun dryrepparttar 100108 containers and then stack them with layers of newspaper between each. If you have a spot to store them where they won't freeze overrepparttar 100109 winter months, allrepparttar 100110 better. If not, as long as you've made certainrepparttar 100111 pots are dry and well layered with paper, they should be fine untilrepparttar 100112 spring.

Now you're ready to put on a show of fall color. I can tell you EVERYTHING you need to know. Check under “Fall Planting Tips” onrepparttar 100113 fre*e articles page of my webs-site.

Debbie Rodgers, the haven maven, owns and operates Paradise Porch, and is dedicated to helping people create outdoor living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Her latest how-to guide “Attracting Butterflies to Your Home and Garden” is now available on her web site. Visit her at and get a free report on “Eight easy ways to create privacy in your outdoor space”.


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That's it! You're done! You can buy accessories to cover your old wood sills with a vinyl wrap extrusion. That can also be found onrepparttar 100128 website underrepparttar 100129 "shop" tab. Next week we are going to start on replacing old aluminum windows.

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978 To learn more, visit How To Install Windows

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978 To learn more, visit

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