My mother-in-law is in the process of downsizing and her first priority has been, naturally, to leave no beloved plant behind.
Because she’s downsizing, that means many of those plants are finding a new home in our backyard. The vast majority of these plants are mature boxwoods. Nearly 20 of them to be exact.
My eyes nearly bugged out of my head when Chris began wrestling some of these massive plants out of the back of our car. Currently we have a small fortune in plants sitting on the side of my driveway as we frantically figure out what to do with this new prize.
I’m aiming to spread them in a couple of different areas, figuring they will become a unifying feature across the yard. The problem is that several of the areas where we plant to them aren’t exactly ready.
Fortunately, I had a brainstorm about how (I hope) to keep these gorgeous shrubs happy until next spring when we tackle our next major outdoor project. The little pit out front where we’ve been shoving leaves in the fall – the source of all of my fantastic veggie garden soil – is going to host the shrubs for a few months before we dig them back up again.
When I shared this idea with my mom, she commented, “Oh yeah, you’re heeling them in.”
Apparently I wasn’t the first person with this brainstorm. This article from www.organicgardening.com explains a bit better the process of temporarily storing bareroot plants in the ground, a process that we’re adapting for our purposes.
I wish I’d thought of this ages ago. There are two long-dead fig trees I owe an apology.