|The Cafe au Lait dahlias have all been shades of cream since the weather turned cooler. The foliage is Bergaarten sage, which I grew as a foliage plant in the patio bed this summer.|
|There’s nothing fancy about heeling in plants in pots: dig a hole and stick them in. A little more soil should be added and then the whole thing will be topped off with a thick layer of mulched leaves.|
|Walking onions, hostas, boxwood and willow are all spending the winter in pots.|
There’s no science to this. For me it’s a quick and dirty job: dig a trench, put pots in, push back soil and repeat. Next weekend I’ll mulch leaves and cover the entire bed in a very thick layer of finely chopped leaves. These can be moved to the compost or just mixed into the beds in spring.
|The fenced-in raised veggie garden is the perfect spot to overwinter all of these plants in progress.|
It’s rare that I lose a plant using this process, which I most certainly would if I just left them unprotected in their pots. And it’s become a bit of a spring ritual to unearth the pots. And that’s a project I enjoy much more.