Unhook them from the hose bib before the temperatures go below freezing or you'll have a big mess of broken pipes. I think the term "freeze-less hose bib" is an oxymoron. Drain and coil your hoses. If you can bring them inside, they will last longer.
Clay and ceramic pots
Clean thoroughly. If possible, put pots in a shed or garage. Store pots upside-down or on their sides. Don't stack -- they will get stuck.
If they are too big to move, empty as much as possible, clean. Wrap with bubble wrap. Cover to prevent accumulating water that causes freeze-thaw breakage.
To overwinter pots with plants, place them somewhere slightly sheltered -- in a corner or under an overhang with a southern exposure would be ideal. Mass them together and when the weather turns really miserable, insulate with bubble wrap or something similar to buffer the root system as well as the pot.
Finally, I've discovered the best way to store my old, bent, flimsy tomato cages is in the trash. Honestly, I'm ordering new ones from Texas Tomato Cages, www.tomatocage.com. They are made with 1/4-inch galvanized steel rod, and they fold nicely.
The Kanawha County Master Gardeners are hosting the Second Annual Holiday Plant Sale to raise money for the upcoming International Master Gardeners meeting, to be held in Charleston in 2011.
Orders are being taken for red, white and marble poinsettias, red, pink and red/white striped amaryllis bulb kits and paperwhite bulb kits. To place an order, print the order forms from the Kanawha County Extension Service website (kanawha.ext.wvu.edu/r/download/76614) and send along with payment to the WVU Kanawha County Extension Service, 4700 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Suite 101, Charleston, WV 25304. Checks should be made payable to KCMGA.
Also, be sure to friend the Extension Service on Facebook!
The Charleston Rose Society's next meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1600 Kanawha Blvd. E. A program on "Roses Around the House" will be presented by Linda Boggess. Open to the public. Contact Lynda Grass, 304-340-9980.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.