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Underplanting for columnar apples

Posted by ali-b 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 30, 13 at 11:46

This spring I planted 3 bare root columnar apple trees in my strawberry bed. The trees are about 2' high now, but should grow up to 8' and only 2-3' wide. I'm pretty excited to see how they do.

I'm rethinking the strawberries underneath though. The berries are a pain to pick. It's a 9' x 3' border bed and I find that I still need to get into the bed to get the berries at the back.

So what do you think? I was thinking non-running alpines in the front and something else in back. But what? Or I'd love to hear your ideas.

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RE: Underplanting for columnar apples

If the berries are a pain to pick for you, think about transferring them to a raised bed so they are easier to reach. Have you thought about underplanting your apples utilizing a permaculture approach? Yarrow, comfrey (really great if you compost), oregano and other herbs that are perennial for you, give back to the soil..or just a lovely bed of creeping thyme would work. Not really tasty but it's beautiful!

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