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How to Winterize Your Urban Garden, Part Three (Wrapping Your Plants)

by Guest Post on December 20, 2011

in Winter Gardening

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Today I’m thrilled to introduce a series of posts written by Patricia Youngquist AKA The Last Leaf Gardener.  This is her second post in the series on winterizing. Be sure to check out her introduction to winterizing, and Patricia’s thoughts on building cold frames. This is Patricia’s third and final post in the series. Here she talks about how to wrap plants bubble wrap and burlap (sounds nice and cozy, doesn’t it?!).

After two years of “cold-frame living” my plants were established enough to survive without a winter home; however, I did mulch them very well, then wrapped every container twice in bubble-wrap and surrounded this with a strong burlap secured tightly with jute.

New York City got a lot of snow that season, as evidenced in the image below.

But all the things I grow survived and I was once again able to enjoy everything about them this past Spring, Summer and Fall as you might surmise from the following images.

And, now, winter is once again upon us, most of my things are beginning to look bare (see the top photo posted above the beginning of this post). Soon all my trees, shrubs, plants, and herbs will be put to bed for a winter’s nap through my wrapping winterizing method.

Since, during the growing seasons, I water everything by hand (sometimes it is three times a day depending on heat wave situations in summer) the time that my plants are sleeping gives me time to work on other endeavors. This year I will be busy at work creating movies about what I grow, and my cast of characters will be my various vines, shrubs and flowers.

Last year I produced my first garden themed movie, “The Kiwi Speaks! Fifteen Minutes of Fame . . .  almost”, which can be seen on Vimeo @ http://bit.ly/teFgCh  1010and so this year, I will be working on the sequel to that movie.

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If you’d like to see more pictures of Patricia’s garden, please visit her at www.thelastleafgardener.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook or Twitter .

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