Every fall one of the biggest jobs in our garden is rounding up our collection of big ceramic pots and getting them out of harm's way for the winter. Some move into the house for a change of decor, some into the basement or garage. But it has always meant a lot of rearranging to make space for them just as we need to deal with other seasonal house and garden chores. This year they have a new, dedicated space all their own.
When Mark built this new gate earlier this year, he cleared out the area between the end of the house, the fence and the gate to create an organized storage area. Not long ago, he surprised me with this sturdy wooden shelving unit designed to hold most of the garden pots. As long as they don't get water inside them that can crack them with the stress of freezing and thawing, they can stay outdoors. As added insurance they'll get a layer of plastic over them as well.
Across the path are a potting/work table, wheelbarrows and hoses. There are also 8 bags of chopped leaves and the same amount of bagged white pine needles all ready for Spring; one to mulch the beds and the other to refresh the paths.