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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 11:23am

It looked like the people that raised my Apricot did some pruning of the roots.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 11:21am

Joan, I didn't get too aggressive with the side roots because they didn't appear to be circling.  They went down.  I did loosen them, and cut a few.  Hopefully, I did enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2015 at 10:46am

Barbara, you appear to have learned in your first year what many never earn. I am so pleased to read of your activities. I grew up with a father and two grandmothers who raised all our vegetables, canned and dried, so we ate from the garden all year long. That was a fertile upbringing.

Spud, you did the right thing to cut off the mass of roots at the bottom. Cutting long slices down the sides would prevent the tree from "the circle of death" or become strangled as it develops. 

"Do the roots in your pots go round and round?"

Planting Rootbound Shrubs

I use FoxFarm potting soil that I get from a local feed, seed, and hay store; I am sure most good garden supply stores have this product. Right now, I am using their seed starter soil

FoxFarm FX14053 12-Quart Ocean Forest Organic Potting Soil 

who raised all our vegetables

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2015 at 10:12am

I agree with Spud. Either heavily mulched or grow a cover crop.

Plant a Fall Cover Crop to Improve Your Garden Soil

Daniel uses white clover, I think; correct me if I am wrong, Daniel. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 2, 2015 at 10:04am

Whoa Spud!  Did you use backhoe to dig hole?  :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 9:19am

I don't know how to turn this picture of my Apricot:

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 9:07am

I've finally got over my winter laziness.  I spent the last week preparing the soil in the area between the sidewalk and road and planting a Harcot Apricot tree.

I decided to buy the best looking one at the new nursery.  It cost $100.  Hope it's worth it.

It had a large matt of roots on the bottom, so I trimmed one-half inch off before planting.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 2, 2015 at 9:06am

I agree with Spud.  Mulch, mulch and more mulch. I too rototilled my first year here.  I really think the heavy mulch I put on my beds in the Fall served more good than the tilling.  

Randy, Since this is really my first year of growing things I'm glad I mulched heavily last Fall. I just brought home several bags of fine mulch from recycling center and will be applying it today around perennials, in herb garden, etc. It will keep the soil cooler and maybe a bit moist during the coming heat - and keep out the weeds. Most of my beds now have fluffy soil, whereas the walkway with no mulch is very compacted - it gets mulch today.  My comfrey is up and growing pretty good, I will be using it to mulch and feed all of my plants in a few months. 

No till gardening

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 8:06am

Tilling is probably necessary if the soil is compacted.  From what I read, the no till method is the best method, but it needs the soil to be covered with organic matter most of the time, to keep it soft.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 2, 2015 at 7:19am
I about beat myself to death running my roto-tiller yesterday. The ground was compacted. A few years ago I read that tilling was unnecessary, so I quit doing it. But I had so many weeds and grasses, I felt the garden needed a good turning over. Whew! What do you think--yea or nay?

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