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Re: bulb pots

Hi, Kathy. Still think the answer is a modified cold frame with a hardware cloth bottom and hardware cloth top. If you built the frame out of PT 2X12s it wouldn't be too expensive and would last next-to-forever. You could also make it higher [deeper] by stacking one frame on top of another. If you wanted to keep rain, snow, and sleet out, you could cover it with a cheap plastic tarp, dropcloth, or old shower curtain.

Yeah. Blood meal will attract raccoons. Doubt if they eat the bulbs, but they tear the pots up looking for whatever bleeding thing you buried in them. They'll also tear them up looking for worms and grubs, I think.

On Oct 25, 2007, at 10:18 AM, Cornergar@aol.com wrote:

Jim, Wish you would come up with an over-wintering structure for us guys in the midwest that is foolproof (and we could afford). I have much the same problem that Kitty mentioned with the lilies being ruined by little varmints of one kind or another. Every year I try a few different strategies to outwit the weather and the rodents. This year I have spread the surface of the lily pots with blood meal. But will this attract the raccoons? After the gal. perennials are thoroughly dormant I try to cover the whole batch with a tarp so that I won't have crown rot from the ice and snow. But this provides a wonderful protected home for so many little guys and by spring I find they have excavated the pots to feed on the roots! And all the time I'm saying " I don't think this is the way the big guys got started." I do have 2 greenhouses that are packed with gal. pots recently planted or 4 and 6 " pots that didn't get potted up but a lot has to be left outside. Gene, How did you manage without a greenhouse for
so long? Any and all tips and suggestions gratefully accepted.
Kitty, Can't believe you are already so organized for the winter. I guess I thought it wasn't going to happen. I know what's in store for me this weekend.
And need to do an inventory too.
I enjoy this list so much and try and keep up even when I'm not contributing. Hope everybody's kitties are well and happy. Zem, are you getting a night's
sleep yet?  Kathy

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Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
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