Push the Zone: Thanks, skie!

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Push the Zone

By Skiekitty
October 31, 2013

If you suffer from cold winters and you have tender plants that are doomed to live outside, but shouldn't in your zone, try this: Get a black bucket that a big perennial came in, cut the bottom off, wiggle it around the plant, and fill it with natural mulch (not colored/dyed). I have many zone 7 roses that survive my zone 5/4 winters when I do this.

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crittergarden
Oct 30, 2013 7:09 PM CST
This will come in handy here in my own zone 5!
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 31, 2013 4:50 AM CST
I need to start saving more big plastic pots!
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CindiKS
Oct 31, 2013 12:39 PM CST
Vickie, if you ever pass through Wichita KS, give me a shout. I'll set you up with a few hundred. nodding
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 31, 2013 5:01 PM CST
Very sweet of you Cindi! A few dozen maybe... I don't know about a few hundred though Hilarious! Hilarious!
Vickie
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Skiekitty
Oct 31, 2013 6:52 PM CST
Check out your local big box stores or nurseries. They usually have a bucket drop off for recycling. Or, what I did my first year I did this, was talk to a landscaping company & raided their garbage dumpster. Got like 50 buckets. Took forever to chop off the bottom. I recommend using a sawz-all to chop off the bottom (PLEASE BE VERY VERY VERY CAREFUL!!! YOU CAN CHOP OFF MORE THAN JUST THE BOTTOM OF THE BUCKET IF YOU'RE NOT CAREFUL!!!). I used a small knife & took about 3 hours to chop 10 buckets. DH then got out the jigsaw & chopped up the next 10 in like 30 minutes.
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Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Nov 1, 2013 8:24 PM CST
Good idea!
Vickie
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