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Hi All - I did a laundry basket 2 years ago with chicks
and wasn't sure it would survive the winter. Well, it did but this is what I had to do. Out west will be even harder due to your Chinook winds and high temps for a short time in the winter months. 1. Water thoroughly before freeze-up. 2. Find a shady spot that will not get any sun but will get full snow fall.(Not under an evergreen tree.) The idea is not to have it freezing and thawing on and off all winter- that is what kills. After a good soaking before freezing and then a cover of snow (Cover with leaves or evergreen boughs before the snow, if possible- helps to insulate against high temps during winter) Then the trick is to keep it frozen and also not to let dehydrate if it does happen to thaw out. Hope this makes sense to you and that it will help. I never had a thaw that would take the snow away in the winter. Except for what it would do to some of my plants- It would be a sweet dream in Feb.to loose the snow.
Actually the decision is to hang it in an unheated garage with not much light and maybe water mid winter although Im not sure that is necessary.
A lady who was in my garden during open garden told me she made a wreath same way and kept it in her garage overwinter, maybe watered a bit in January and she had had it for 3 years!
I need to store it somewhere where it will hang as there are plants all round so I dont want to put it on the ground otherwise I would just put it in the veggie bed as I do with the tufa containers.
I cant store it in my shed because there is a large south window and even if it is very cold out the sun really heats up the shed so I am hoping to hang it in my neighbors garage!
Incidentally one of the other ladies who made one never put it together like a ball, just has the two halves sitting on the ground, says it looks really nice!
Went back to this thread. The orginal ball has survived 4 years outside. I toss it in the flower bed for the winter. I usually loose 2 or 3 plants (the ones under the ball when it's laying in the flower bed for the winter). Replace a couple & hang it back up in the spring
I ended up taking mine apart and putting the plants in the ground and in a couple of tufa planters which just sit outside all winter.So I am not surprised Joannes survives outside.Pretty tough little plants!
I'm almost positive that I have thin chicken wire..do have some in hypertufa containers as well but they survive the winter, don't want to disturb them. maybe I can canvas some neighbors /friends and they may feel sorry for me and donate a few
Yes, they are tough - mine used to survive Winnipeg winters outside in the ground. They came back vigorous and healthy. That really surprised me because the ground freezes so hard in Winnipeg and the snow is so high... But, survive they did - for 5 years. As long as my DH and his friends didn't walk on the LOL And that was always an issue, because they were so close to the ground that the guys didn't notice them!! lol
Bettypauze wrote:I'm almost positive that I have thin chicken wire..do have some in hypertufa containers as well but they survive the winter, don't want to disturb them. maybe I can canvas some neighbors /friends and they may feel sorry for me and donate a few
LOL Betty - first time I've ever heard you say you want someone to "feel sorry for me" LOL
We'll have to see if the Board members are in favour - some of the congregation no longer have outdoor plants (unable to do the upkeep of gardening) and I don't know about their house plants. It would be dependant upon that, or if any gardening places would donate to the Church for a sale - I'll have to check once the Board members vote...