I’ve been reading about this new trend of planting multiple trees in one hole, and my initial reaction was suspicion – overplanting goes against everything I know about tree health. But when I read about this technique from a few fruit tree dealers that I thought were credible, my suspicion turned to confusion. Could this really be a technique with some merit?
As usual, Linda Chalker-Scott of The Garden Professors comes to the rescue with some scientifically-minded words about this. She breaks it down by looking at the scientific research claiming higher yields with dense fruit tree plantings, and discusses how that relates to this new trend of planting multiple trees in a small area.
It sounds from her article as though this new recommendation on the part of fruit tree growers might be (newsflash!) a way of convincing people to buy more trees than they truly have room to cultivate. New fruit tree planting myth: debunked.
Next up, two different bloggers have featured some very cool ways with succulents. Rebecca Sweet shows off some simple but lovely shell planters that she has incorporated into her garden, and Plantgasm has a futuristic Lithops planter that I just adore. (Unrelated story: When I was about eight, I successfully grew a number of Lithops, their main attraction as a houseplant being their strong resemblance to derrieres. Hey, I was eight!) Anyway, these are both fun, simple DIY projects that would make a great gift.
Last for this week – Tom out at Tall Clover Farm has discovered the cure for the common cold. Yes, it involves whiskey! A man after my own heart. A few of his commenters have some helpful suggestions for teetotalers as well.
Till next week…