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Can I plant Ben Sarek black currents in raised box bed ?

Posted by lyneya AK (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 20, 09 at 21:13

I live in a zone 3-4 area and have the opportunity to get some ben sarek black currents but the only place i can put them is a long raised box bed. Will they freeeze and die in a raised bed? should I even get them know or should I wait and see if I can find some in the spring?

Can you tell I'm a newbe?


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RE: Can I plant Ben Sarek black currents in raised box bed ?

How big is the raised planter. If it's a big one yes but put them in the middle of the planter and mulch them with dry leaves after the ground is frozen a bit. You do it then so mice, voles and little critters don't get in there and make a winter nest and feed on your plants all winter. If you wait until the round is frozen a bit they will have already gone elsewhere.

Back to the planter. The trouble with over wintering in a planter or pot is the freeze thaw cycle and that kills plants. The sun warms the outside and it thaws a bit then freezes at night. You want the ground to remain frozen.

And there-in lies your answer-- if the bed is big enough that the ground around the plants will stay frozen then go ahead. The mulch will help keep it frozen and protect the roots too


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