Heel­ing in whips tem­po­rar­ily for win­ter

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

1 Dig a trench with a slop­ing side and lay the whips in so their roots are com­pletely be­low soil level.

2 Fill the trench with soil and tread it down to keep the whips se­cure and make sure their roots re­main cov­ered.

3 Wa­ter well so the roots are sat­u­rated. If soil is ex­tremely free-drain­ing, you may need to wa­ter again dur­ing dry spells.

4 Whips can stay in place all win­ter, but the soil around the roots may need firm­ing again if it cracks and lifts dur­ing hard frosts.

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