I am planning on taking softwood cuttings from a friend's hedge (it looks like privet, but doesn't appear to be horribly invasive) in order to economically plant a 300 ft. hedge along the road in front of our property. The road is gravel and the dust is horrible in the summer. Our house is really quite close to the road and between the dust and the traffic noise, I've just about had it. I've read up on how to take the cuttings and from what I've been able to gather, starting them out isn't the problem (other than allowing for a generous failure rate) which is fine. My question relates to what I do with the cuttings after they have rooted and need to be potted on. I should say I live on the South Shore of Nova Scotia (zone 6A). If I get my cuttings within the next two weeks or so, get them all planted, I gather I will have about an eight week wait before they root, which puts us say, at the end of September. I am assuming these little babies cannot be stuck outside at this point, and will need to be moved into individual containers, somehow brought through the winter, and transplanted in the spring. I did read somewhere that the potting-on containers should be twice as wide as they are tall in order to promote a normal root system (which seems to be fairly wide and shallow). So, my questions are: 1. I'm struggling with the pot issue. I start all of my vegetables and flowers from seed, and normally get away with using either a 4" pot, or really cheap plastic cups from the dollar store. I have a very limited budget. Does anyone have any ideas about what I could use that would be affordable? Okay, let me rephrase - really cheap? Am I worried about something that might not be a problem in the first place? 2. Assuming I get the potting issue worked out, what do I do with all these plants over the winter? I have a covered porch where I could put them, but will that be warm enough? I also have an enclosed (but unheated) garden room that gets lots of light, but I'm not sure if lots of light is really necessary in the first place as I would think the plants would be somewhat dormant, at least until spring. Our winters seldom get much colder than -10 to 15 degrees C, but the winds can be fierce. I can shelter the plants from the wind on the porch, but I'm not sure how cold hardy the little things will be. I do hope this is the right forum to post this in and I appreciate any tips and advice you can provide. Also, if any of my assumptions are incorrect, please don't hesitate to let me know. Thanks in advance!