[NAFEX] frost/freeze protection and growing in containers

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Sat Apr 7 17:53:44 EDT 2007


Hi,

We simply wrap orchard trees tightly with winter wheat seed bags, then tape
(duct tape) the bag securely.  I am not sure if it is the seed fungicide
that makes the bags smell funny, or mice are just lazy browsers, but both
mice and rabbits do not bother trees wrapped in this fashion.

Tom

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of tanis grif
Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2007 5:22 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] frost/freeze protection and growing in containers

The other kind of damage to think about is rodents.  I see damage in potted
material
from meadow voles &/or field mice which I don't see on the SAME materials in
the
ground.  Even when you can move pots out of deer- & rabbit-hazard, the mice
will
still find them, and really seem to enjoy the cozy little sheltered areas
created by
the pots.

And if you mulch the pots w/ something dry & fluffy, to reduce temperature
fluctuations in the root masses, the rodents like that even better!



--- JoanRRosenberg wrote:

> I do not know of any books.  I grow small trees and berries in containers,

> but mine are hardy enough to withstand the winter in the container itself 
> without being moved into a garage.  The larger the container, the more
likely the 
> plant will live.  I also leave lots of leaves on the top surface, and make
sure 
> it has perfect drainage.  Any ice on the roots and thats the end of the
roots. 
>   Do not put anything in a container that is marginal for the area.  If
you 
> are in zone 3, use only zone 2 plants outside for the winter.  They must
be 
> hardier than the zone to survive in the container.  I am in zone 6/7 and
my 
> container plants are zone 4/5/6.
> 



 
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