|A barrow full of boxwoods, removed from their summer home in containers,|
retire to their winter home in the potager
In trying to manage what, in our case, has become a rather extreme case of pot-o-philia we have had to learn to be resourceful in our use of garden space. One of the areas of the garden that does double duty for us is the potager. During the height of summer it, of course, serves its main function of housing most of the food that we grow. But, right now, all but a few of the raised beds in the potager are sitting vacant. If we haven't harvested pretty much what we need from them by now, well... it's getting a little late. The only beds that are still reserved for produce are a few in which we will plant next season's crop of garlic (one of my last official poatger chores for the year, and one I usually do with cold, half-numb fingers, by the way).
So, we use quite a few of those vacant raised veggie beds, with all that rich, loose, easy-to-dig-in soil, to heel in many of the perennial plants that we've removed from their containers but plan to use again next year. We have had great success with this method and, with a little covering of salt-marsh hay to help, everything usually survives these harsh New Hampshire winters very nicely. To our surprise, we have been especially successful with wintering over many of the Japanese Maples that we display around the garden in containers. Some have been popped in and out of pots and their winter home in the potager for many years now. We dig them up in the Spring, before they leaf out and then, to keep them at a manageable size, do a little bonsai root trimming on them before we repot them in new soil and potting mix. A nice use of vacant garden real estate!
|No more vacancy here. Boxwoods, a few grasses, a couple of thujas, some hydrangeas, and |
a clematis all tucked in for a winters sleep waiting to be potted up again early next spring.