Breakdown Your Self Watering Containers Before They Freeze

Posted on Jan 13 2010 - 5:39am by Mike Lieberman

My winter container gardening ended in December, so I started to break down the self watering containers at my Grandmother’s. Once the sun went down the cold became freezing and I had to stop.

When I woke up the next morning to finish breaking down the containers, they were frozen solid. All of the soil that I had been storing in the wheelbarrow was frozen as well.

Unfortunately, I can’t do much until the soil defrosts, which I don’t see happening in the next few weeks. So I’ll have to wait to break down the rest.

There is also about 0 percent change of my Grandmother letting me bring the containers indoors. You heard her reaction when I brought some fresh picked lettuce into the house.

So that’s another lesson learned for me – don’t wait until it’s too cold to breakdown your containers.

Do you have any similar stories to breaking down your gardens in the winter?