I have an area I am getting ready to start a permaculture garden but I am not quiet ready to start planting (I want to do it this fall). I have been given a good price on goumi, serviceberry, and chokeberry but they have a very limited supply. Would I be ok buying some storage bins, drilling holes in the bottom, filing with soil, peat moss, and potting soil and planting these in it for 2-3 months? Later this fall when I have finished planning and organizing my plans I can move them to their final location. I would need to leave the containers outdoors so if the weather drops I will insulate the containers.
We planted in all kinds of containers this year, even an old plastic toolbox from a pickup truck bed, an old metal horse trough, some old wood we found, milk crates lined with garden paper became awesome strawberry lettuce beds. One thing we will never do again is buy peat moss. If you don't keep things watered and forget or it dries too much during the day that shit turns into a brick, it isn't fun to deal with and we have read many horror stories about the stuff. There are many alternatives, they're all better. As far as containers though, just about anything will grow in a container, even trees.