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Okay, so you've got your seeds, built your grow stand, sanitized your water, and pasteurized your dirt. Now what? It may be too early to start planting your seeds. Take a look at the back of your seed packet and you will find how many weeks before the last frost you need to plant. To find out the last frost date, check out the Farmer's Almanac.

If you are still cooling your heels, waiting to plant, then it is a great time to shop! This time of year, gardening shops are getting in new stock for summer. So stock left over from last year will be on sale. Maybe this is your first year planting or maybe you only get a few new pots a year due to your budget. Maybe you just want to toss out the old and start a new. Either way you may be wondering which types of pots to get. Well don't worry, here is an easy and fast guide to get you started!

Fiberglass/Plastic
Fiberglass/Plastic planterblog.com

Fiberglass/Plastic

Plastic pots can be beautiful and cheap.  Many are shaped to look like your more expensive pots like the glazed clay.

Pros: Lightweight, affordable, and freeze-resistant.

Cons: More prone to toppling in the wind.

If you live in a windy city, like Indianapolis or Chicago, plastic may not be the way to go.  However, you can always weight them down with rocks at the bottom.  Kills two birds because the rocks will give ample draining.

Terra-cotta
Terra-cotta www.featurepics.com

Terra-cotta

This is one pot most of us are familiar with as it is very popular.  

Pros: Classic look and inexpensive.

Cons: Gets mineral deposits and inexpensive Terra-cotta is usually not freeze resistant.

The really great thing about Terra-cotta is that they are easy to pant.  So for those of us who like the look of those painted pots but can't afford them or like the idea but find the ones in stores garrish, you can do it yourself!

Concrete
Concrete www.decoist.com

Concrete

Easily the heaviest, Concrete offers a very urban look to your garden.

Pros: Sturdy, heavy, and won't topple.

Cons: Difficult to lift and limited to colors and finishes.

If you want a planter that you don't have to worry about with the wind, Concrete is your pot.  However, if you have a bad back or weak knees, lifting it may be difficult for you.  This pot is perfect for a rooftop garden where there is little to no wind protection.

Glazed Clay
Glazed Clay bonnieplants.com

Glazed Clay

Certainly the prettiest is the Glazed Clay.

Pros: Heavy, won't topple easily, no mineral stains.

Cons: Heavy to lift and relatively expensive.

Glazed Clay will be the most expensive out of this group.  But if money is no object then go for it!  For those of you who like the stability of the Concrete planter but find them hideous and an eye sore, this is the pot for you!

Wood
Wood www.etsy.com

Wood

For a break from the urban atmosphere, there is the lovely Wood planter.

Pros: Organic look and relatively lightweight.

Cons: Eventually can rot.  May have to be refinished.

Yes, it is true that if you plant in a wood planter, it will eventually rot if not taken care of properly.  That is why I do not plant directly into a wood planter.  I place Terra-cotta or plastic inside the planter so that it can't be seen and place rocks around them to keep them steady.  One of the biggest pluses to wood, is that they are easy to make yourself.

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