Hello All-- Yesterday was a balmy 70 degrees here in central MT. However, last night the temps plummeted and we are now at a wintery 23F. Tonight it is supposed to go down to 12F or lower. I have several plants in my garden that are borderline on their zones (we are Zone 4 and I have a few out there that are only hardy to Zone 5 or so). It wouldn't be the end of the world if I lost them, but if all that they need is a bit of extra protection, I was thinking it would be nice if they would survive for next year's growing season. Is there a 'best' way to go about protecting them? I remember seeing one gentleman's perennial garden....in the winter it looked like he was growing upside down styrafoam coolers . Of course, I've also heard of just mounding mulch up around the plant. I've got a bunch of rosemary seedlings (less than 4" tall) that I'd like to help make it through the winter (I've dug one up and brought it inside, in case they don't though). Their leaves are still green, even though we've already had many hard freezes (into the 20's). Do I completely bury them in the mulch? Would it be bad for them to be in darkness all winter long? (LOL-somehow that feels like it might be a silly question, but I am unsure...). This might also sound silly, but...We have LOTS of that packaging bubble wrap. I thought maybe I could wrap my little rose transplant (which should be hardy in Zone 4, but since I only just transplanted it this year, I thought it might help it if it had some extra protection?) with that. It's branches are ~8 in. long each, so it would be a bit high to mulch completely....I don't know... :shrug: Anyway, I have been told that garden hardiness zone's could be manipulated with a bit of extra work/protection, so I was just wondering about what has worked for you all . (I am still wondering where on earth the summer went. Feels like just yesterday it was planting season, and here I am getting ready for almost single digit temps....)... Thanks everyone !! Erin Thought of another kinda related question. My carrots are still in the ground. We are going to be traveling for the next 3 weeks or so (leaving Nov 2). Is it alright to just leave them in the ground? I think I have heard of people doing that. Otherwise, I will dig them and put them in their buckets of moist sand before we leave. That worked well last year! We were eating fresh carrots from last year when I was planting this year's crop :hobbyhors .