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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Patricia Rosa December 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

All three of Patricia’s articles were of help to me. I’ve been wondering what I should do with my backyard plants to protect them(I’m rather new at gardening). Now I know and will go get busy at it all today before Winter really does crash in upon us. Thanks for this series.


Kit McCollum December 21, 2011 at 9:54 am

A very interesting and informative series of posts. Thank you for sharing.


Judy D'Agostino December 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Patricia Youngquist’s well-written articles were interesting and helpful, not to mention beautiful to the eye. Please keep them coming!


willow murawski December 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

what is that lovely golden yellow leaf vine (?) in the last photo?


The Last Leaf Gardener December 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Those beautiful yellow leaves belong to my Actinida kolomikta and Actimida (Kiwi Vines), Willow, and they will be most pleased to learn that you asked about them! If you’d like to read more about this fantastic vine, the following link will take you to posts on TLLG (The Last Leaf Gardener’s Blog)that relate to it. http://bit.ly/tkbuhr

ZoeW December 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Thanks Patricia, for sharing your experience winterizing your garden. This has been a very informative and enjoyable series. I loved the photos of your beautiful garden.


Robin Horton/Urban Gardens January 5, 2012 at 6:00 am

This is a great series chock full of really important tips for those of us about to endure the east coast winter. Thanks!


The Last Leaf Gardener January 6, 2012 at 3:35 am

My pleasure, Robin. May you and the things you grow be well this winter and thrive during our growing season. Happy 2012!

Blunbear June 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

This is very interesting to read. Living in a relatively warm part of Australia, all I have to worry about is just rain and soil drainage in winter!


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