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mostly dead
April 14, 2014. Regular readers of these pages may recall my experiments with hypertufa troughs from last year. This was my opportunity to bring all those delicate rock garden plants through the winter in our unfavorably wet climate! When fall conditions turned for the worse, right after the first snowfall, I brought the majority of the troughs into the garage, on a table near a window, and protected them from mice with a hardware cloth cage. That worked like a charm: no critter damage. When spring finally sprung a few weeks ago, I put the troughs back outside on our patio table, hoping for an enthusiastic display of regrowth. But alas, most of those little divas are dead. So I'll still need to work on fine-tuning my approach. Not sure of the cause of death – for some it may have been overly dry conditions (I didn't make my way out to that corner of the garage with a watering can too often), but I'm not sure if that's the whole story. Experimentation will continue.

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