Jay Mullaky wrote:
One reason why I want to put them in the tunnel is to get them going early, this side of the pond your lucky if their is any growth by the end of March I also think a few friends would be interested in the dwarf for their gardens and I may even try to sell a few.
The mossy area I mentioned really isn't that wet, we don't use fertilizer on the land only what the sheep provide with their manure and this area just never had sheep on it . I will also be digging a pretty deep hole and filling it with some stone for soakage and I have a neighbours shed full of manure so they should be sound.
That time frame sounds perfectly normal to me. So unless you are really racing to be first to market I don't really see the point.
I would not dig down and add manure and stones. People add stones and broken ceramic bits to pot plants it doesnt help in pots so I have no reason to believe it will help in the ground. Adding water impervious stones I think would only make the situation worse especially if you are on clay. I would not add any ammendment in the hole itself or the roots can circle and not spread out properly over time. When you add the manure just leave it on the surface like would happen naturally when animals graze, worms will digest it and take it down to the root layer and excrete it in a better form for the trees to take up.
Build up if you think it will be waterlogged at some stage in the season but it sounds like you might be alright with that.