Can you please explain how you do this? Do you sink
the pots or what?
I just lay them on their
sides, right in the pots, unless they were in a clay pot and then I take them
out first and store the pot indoors. My compost pile is huge, with a lot
of dry oak and maple leaves so it doesn't heat up. I made sure there was a
good 6- 8" of leaves on top of the plants. Nothing could be simpler!
But remember, I've only done this for one winter so far. I hope the
rodents don't catch on! I've never used any poison, even when I used to
buriy them in dirt under our deck.
When I buried my
plants, I got the idea from how we treat hybrid tea roses here...the
Minnesota tip. Wrap twine around the rose to hold it's branches up, loosen
one side of the roots of the rose, dig a trench next to it, and lay the rose on
its side and cover with dirt. leaving the end of the twine visible so you can
find it come spring. I don't have hybrid tea roses, btw, too much
work. But I figure if burying them in dirt works, then why not do it with
other zone 5 or 6 plants? (I'm in zone 4, within a few miles of zone
3). Burying plants in a big leaf pile is a whole lot cleaner and
easier than in dirt.
White Bear Lake,