Why Wooden Planters Rule for Winter Gardening… and Any Other Time, Too

In anticipation of our next DIY Guide to building wooden garden planters, we’re going over five great reasons for including them in your winter gardening plans. 

1. Your average flower pot simply cannot protect most plants through the winter.
Mike McGrath of GardensAlive.com explains well the pitfalls of the average potted plant during the winter season:

“it is EXTREMELY likely that pots made of terra cotta, clay or any other heavy, stone-like material will indeed shatter if left outside over winter. When the soil inside freezes and thaws, it cracks the poor pots wide open. I’ve even lost EMPTY pots left outside during really severe winters.  So lesson #1: Don’t leave stoneware containers outside over winter if you’re gonna get all whiney when they break.”

2. The best winter insulation is plenty of mother earth. 
Wooden Backyard Planter

Wooden planters in particular bolster the insulation of the soil with an added level of insulation.

3. Wooden planters are frost-friendly.
Simple Wooden Planter

Worry about protecting your plants from frost, not their container. Unlike clay pots, wooden planters do extremely well when exposed to freezing temperatures.

4. Customization.
Custom Planter with Recycled Materials
Although you can also purchase wooden planters of various sizes, they aren’t too difficult to make yourself. Designed for Outdoors’ next DIY project will walk you through building custom planters using reclaimed, inexpensive materials.

5. They look good.
Wooden Planter on Balcony

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Planters add order to a garden. Outline your foliage in neat right angles and rectangles to accent your beautiful flowers or vegetables. They’ll also be raised above the level of your lawn, which helps them stand out even more.

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