Morning all!

Morning all!

Morning all! I FINALLY have a whooole morning, after noon, and early evening to myself with no work or school, and it's SUNNY! So I'm going to put my garden to bed today for winter. Now, a couple questions. I'm zone 5, Central Mass. We have god awful brutal winters. Need an idea? Just search Massachusetts, ice storm 2009. Good portions of my area were TOTALLY and utterly wiped out for WEEKS with no power, electricity, anything really. Trees came down like nobodys business, yards were demolished, things were in just plain ruin. Moving on. I have several potted plants; two strawberry pots (with the "balconies") with strawberries, two with rhubarb (I got the rhizomes in summer, and never got the intended are of the garden ready for them so in the pot they stayed, still immature, no harvestable fruit) and a window box with all kinds of little mystery variety bulbs of tulip and daffodil. Last year I just had the strawberry pots, and I took them into my basement (thank god) put them on a high shelf that was just under a little basement window (about a foot tall, a foot and a half wide) and watered them sparingly. I put them back out in the spring and they came back. Now, should I do this again since it has proved successful or is there a better way (for them)? I'm worried mainly about the containers (clay or the like of some sort, not terra cotta at least) cracking/breaking (I sealed them both inside and out with pot sealer though) and the whole contents freezing straight through and killing the plants. And what about the other pots? They ARE terracotta, and I don't remember if I sealed them or not. What's the best route here? I think maybe I'll leave one pot of each out over winter in the best recomended fashion and contrast compare in the spring. I also have an enclosed south facing porch. It DOES get REALLY cold out there, at least cold enough to not hang out there with out gloves and a heavy coat, would this be a better place for them than the basement? Or is cool and DARK more preferred for overwintering? Update: Alas, I went out and took a darn good look around, and other than pulling in the pots and putting them in the basement I wasn't able to do much else. The roses are still too green and leafy to bury. But I did a good bit of damage to the mess that was my shed. It's been emptied, sorted through and everything put back all nice and neatly. I also managed to get around to putting lattice around the bottom so critters won't live under there any more. :)
1/3 of an acre covered in blackberries is becoming

1/3 of an acre covered in blackberries is becoming

ID help ?

ID help ?

garden update

garden update

Grocery store flowers

Grocery store flowers

Lovely weekend for gardening.

Lovely weekend for gardening.

New seedlings

New seedlings