By Kim Charles

Judy Dawson gets creative with ways to protect her treasured succulent containers.

"My name is Judy Dawson and I reside in Newcastle, California.  Our area, in Zone 9B has experienced freezing temperatures and and abundance of rain. This has presented challenges in prtoectin my succulents that are too heavy to move.

My husband no longer uses his crab nets, so I removed the rings and he sprayed them. They were in different sizes, so I arranged them in what was once a fountain, and added the cactus potting mix and planted my succulents. The rings provide support for frost cloth during the freezing temperatures and an old shower curtain protects against drenching rains. For pots without rings, I use ceramic mushrooms or iron garden art to keep the frost cloth from resting on the succulents.

Other succulents are arranged in a large grouping, so my husband made a PVC A-Frame so that they can be covered with one large frost cloth."

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