Re: [gardeners] Frost!!!

Cheryl & Erich Schaefer (
Wed, 19 Aug 1998 22:24:59 -0400

>>I'm afraid one must knit it, Terry, but it would be prettier than the old,
>>torn blankets I use. I don't have an afghan made with my own yarn, would
>>you believe. Looks as though we'll all need extra blankets this winter, if
>>the info folks have heard proves correct. I have several hundred iris in
>>peat pots. I wonder if the basement or cold greenhouse would be better for
>>overwintering them. Anyone?
>>Cheryl Schaefer
>>Zone 5 in the fabulous Finger Lakes of NY
>Cheryl, the basement should be warmer than the greenhouse, due to the
>insulation qualities of surrounding soil.  I think I'd put them in the
>basement, were I you, and see about getting one of those hose attachments
>that fit on the kitchen faucet to use for watering occasionally so you
>don't have to haul up and down stairs in one gallon increments.  Even if it
>doesn't reach everything in the basement, you could use a watering can
>without having to ascend and descend stairs time after time.  Margaret

I was afraid it might be too warm for the irises in the basement but they
would surely be frozen in the greenhouse, so it probably is the better
choice. Watering isn't a problem. This is an old farm house and the well
pump is in the basement, quite near where the irises would be, but if I
keep them warm and watered, not frozen and dormant, won't I need light? I
do have a powerful lamp I could use, I just hadn't considered letting them
grow through the winter. Cheryl

Cheryl Schaefer
Zone 5 in the fabulous Finger Lakes of NY