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Old 07-29-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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In my last house, I grew several plants on the side of my deck with great success. Growing them was not a problem, getting them to not completely take over the mulch beds, was.

We are in a new house now and I'm not enthusiastic about having to constantly trim back the plants. Also, we don't actually have room for in-ground plants. So I'm considering planting some hops around our patio for both privacy plants and perhaps even use them in my beer. Triming them should be easier since I should be able to see the bines trying to escape out of the container.

I see several articles on container growing and my question is, what do you do with the plants in winter? Containers don't have the same insulating properties as the ground does, for sure, can I just leave the plants in the containers? Should I be concerned with them freezing through? Do I have to bring them into a garage or something? I don't want them all to die for future years.

I'm doing it wrong!

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Old 07-29-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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I'm up in Madison and I leave containers out all winter. If you want to be safer, drag them next to the house and pack straw or some other insulator around them. It will help keep them warmer.

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