Monday, November 11, 2013

Good Night Sweet Prince

It's been a beautiful fall and winter is not yet upon us. But, it's on its way and that means it's time to be putting plants to bed.

Just about everything above ground is given some form of protection. For the majority of the plants that entails being placed in a structure and the structure covered with plastic. The nursery has nearly 200 permanent houses. But, that is only sufficient for a portion of the crops. We erect temporary houses, of varying sizes, for much of the balance. How many, I have no idea. Perhaps on a slow day in the middle of winter I'll take a count.

Deciduous material can often be laid over and covered with row crop cloth and plastic. Evergreens, such as junipers, are put together can to can in big blocks. Once the plants are fully dormant (this of course depends on the weather), they will be fine until spring arrives with little or no watering. The biggest dangers are very low temperatures that stay below freezing day and night, which can kill roots.

All this plant movement highlights the benefit of pot-in-pot production, as the roots are below ground, and thus are not as likely to be damaged. 

The next challenge will be in spring when the warm temperatures under the plastic can start waking things up too early. But, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Until then, the next few weeks will keep us busy enough.

"And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"  (Hamlet by William Shakespeare)

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