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I would first suggest (unless you find local input beyond the seller that says certainly not) just seeing what happens, and replanting if what happens is bad. If the plants don't have massive sentimental or economic value, you may learn something that saves you a bunch of work in future years; or you buy new plants next year, and KNOW that you need to take ...


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I, too, would have suggested a green house. But if that doesn't work for your landscape, I'd suggest looking into a very, very inexpensive solution...row cloth. This stuff is white, allows light and rain to enter but wind will blow right over the top. It also raises the ambient temperature around the plants by 10 to 20 degrees. Do any of your neighbors ...


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Have you considered converting your planter into a green house? You could go the DIY route with some used French doors or windows, and try to keep the temperature the same through out the year. Alternately, nowadays you are able to buy walk-in green-houses for low prices. The Chinooks do sound really strange, but could lead to some exciting experiments. ...



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