Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Little Pretties have been Put to Bed for the Winter

I am always telling you how I store my plants "under the house" for the winter.

I know many of you wonder what the heck I am talking about, so I thought I'd take a pic and show you exactly what I mean.

My family room and kitchen were an addition to my home. We did not put a basement under the addition. We have a basement under the original part of the house. The basement is too warm to overwinter the plants.

Under the addition we have what is referred to as a "crawl" space. This space is cooler than the basement, but does not freeze. It's a huge space. I only use the front third of it to store all of my gardening containers and to hold over the big containers for the winter.

DH and I put them all under there today. This is what it looks like now.

These plants will sit there until next June. They get no attention at water, no nothing.

Today I cooked and worked a lot on my pinwheel quilt which I intend to use as a tree skirt. I won't repost it here, but if you are interested, you can read about my day on my quilting blog. Just go to


  1. Your crawl space looks much more spacious than ours. Bill literally has to scoot on his stomach to get around in ours. He only goes to work on pipes, or something like that.
    Yours looks like a good storage space :)

  2. That is a pretty decent crawl space-with lights-what a great idea!
    Bri's dad has one without lights.
    I've always just had a basement. I think it would be nice to have a place to store plants and pots like you do.
    I saw your quilt-it is turning out nicely.
    And ground bologna-do you put mayo in it? Sounds like deviled ham a bit to me.
    I have been making lots of extra food, but I'm giving it away to my mom, uncle and father-in-law. That makes me feel good as they are getting home cooked meals.
    If you ever want to sew up charity quilts, I know what direction to point you in. I do the cross stitching for the squares. I think I've made at least 40 or so in 9 years.

  3. Hmmm, your crawl space looks rather nice. Our house is 160+ year old and part of it has a dungeon, I mean cellar and one room has a crawl space for a snake. It is very low to the ground.

    Your plants look all cozy and ready to sleep the winter away.

  4. I was looking up ground bologna and it seems to be a midwestern sandwich stuffing. I saw a recipe for it with pickles, onion, mustard and mayo. I just bought buy one, get one free bologna, so maybe I'll try this.
    I remember being on a Lebanon bologna kick as a teen. Do you have that meat there? Or dried beef?

  5. Suzie and Debbie, My crawl space is mucn more spacious than the older homes in my area. My Dad has the same crawl-on-the-belly space in his older home. This one is nearly perfect for plant use.

    Dianne, that is exactly the spread I made, except I don't use mustard and the pickles I used is one jar of sweet relish. We had the same bologna sale here. That's why I made it this week. I hope you like it, if you give it a try. I don't know anything about Lebanon bologna. I know pickled bologna....a slice of that sour meat on a cracker is quite a little treat in this area.

  6. Lebanon bologna must be Amish maybe? It's a smokey meat and great with a slice of American cheese and a dap of mustard.

    Yep...from Lancaster County.

  8. I mean Lebanon County-lol Sorry for all the comments.

  9. Crawl space..nice to have but no way would I ever go under there..
    Great place to store pots though!

  10. It seems the summer went very fast this year when I view your plants being put away.

    I look forward to your Christmas decorating again this year.

  11. Your crawl space looks nicer than my basement!


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