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Using young trees as an "edge"??

 
Don Splitter
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Location: Ely and Minneapolis, MN Zone 3
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So, I have some apple/pear trees coming in from a nursery whom specializes in Zone 3 hardiness. Anyhoo...I won't be putting them in their final spot in Ely til' the fall. This is due to having to finish Hugel Beds for them this spring, and the large amount of care these young fruit trees will need.. What I'm planning to do is start them in 7 gallon composting (3-4years) buckets, and then build up moisture retaining mass around them. I was planning on using them as edges throughout my small city garden, and let the tomatoes use them as well. Keep in mind the middle of my garden will have fencing running the length to allow the pole beans, and tomatoes to have some support. The pole beans did a number on the corn last year.

My biggest concern is I want to move the trees in the fall w/o messing up the young root systems.

Am I correct on my idea?
 
Morgan Morrigan
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Location: Verde Valley, AZ.
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I would look up "Belgian Fence" and espelier trellis.

Go ahead and bucket them, but would do the belgian fence for privacy, and to keep the fruit low and easily harvestable.

Takes some time to set up, and some intensive pruning and training for the first 4-5 years, but the payoff is HUGE.
 
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