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Comment by Lee Ann Phillips Zone 7B N.TX on November 17, 2009 at 8:34am
The only thing I can think of is a physical barrier, like metal edging driven into the ground. I'd be afraid of hurting the tree if I chopped out too many of the roots. I don't have any good ideas for you, sorry.
Comment by Deanna Collins z4/MT on November 16, 2009 at 11:01pm
There is one other problem with fruit trees. At least some of them. We have an apple (possibly a red delicious) and the roots send up sprouts all along its length and the roots go a long, long way across our yard. They are definitely a royal pain and I have to be so very careful about where I put my Sq Ft boxes, or they will have trees growing out of them before I can do anything about it. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to stop this, short of cutting down the tree!!!?
Comment by Lee Ann Phillips Zone 7B N.TX on November 16, 2009 at 8:43pm
That 4-square-ft. space I'm talking about would be for a dwarf tree, I forgot to say. Even that's extremely tight. If you have other space, I would recommend using a bigger, separate space for a fruit tree. ALSO, and I almost forgot this, many fruit trees require another tree to pollinate them, so you would have to make room for two in a lot of cases. I don't mean to sound discouraging. Many people grow fruit trees (semi-dwarf or dwarf) in whisky barrel planters and do perfectly well with them. You just need to remember that fruit trees need more space than is really available in a square-foot garden. Now, I look forward to hearing from someone who has done exactly that and had it work! There's always the exception!
Comment by Lee Ann Phillips Zone 7B N.TX on November 16, 2009 at 8:36pm
Hi, I'm new. I was flipping through the group offerings and saw Violet's questions. If you do grow cantelope or watermelons or any other fruits up a trellis on the end, make sure it's on the northern-most end, so they won't shade whatever else is in the bed (unless, of course, they need shade-but not many veggies do). Also, before you think of growing a fruit tree, you need to find out which varieties are good for your climate zone. Some fruits need more cold temps than others, and then some fruits that don't need that many cold hours might bloom too soon, and then the developing fruits would get hit by a freeze, and bye-bye fruit! Many fruit trees are available in dwarf sizes that take up little space, and you could also espalier many of them on a wall or wire between two posts. But they really shouldn't be confined to a square-foot garden with other plants. They would need at least one whole 4 square ft section, at the very minimum.
Comment by Violet (Zone 10) on August 31, 2009 at 10:57pm
I saaw a picture of using cardboard for the dividers of the boxes. Is that good to use? Doesn't it get messed up when wet?
Comment by Violet (Zone 10) on August 30, 2009 at 9:35pm
OH NO! So I'm DOOMED to use my own soil to grow my black, straw and blue berries!!?!?!? Man! I'm addicted to frozen blueberries...=)=)
Comment by Deanna Collins z4/MT on August 30, 2009 at 9:24pm
Violet, you can grow a lot of different fruits in a sq ft garden, but most of them would take up way too much space. The things I am thinking of are like, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, berries, etc. Each of these take up so much space that you need a separate area for them. Though you can grow cantaloupe UP. If you plant them at the end of your box and string some heavy netting (or something that will hold weight) from one side to another, you can grow them upwards. I am sure you will get more information from the other gardeners on this site.
Comment by Violet (Zone 10) on August 30, 2009 at 12:49pm
nope I meant any kind of fruit. What fruits can you plant. I was thinking maybe some vine fruit since I heard you can grow up...
Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on August 30, 2009 at 11:41am
Violet, If by fruits you mean tree fruit, I think you'd be hard pressed to do that in SFG. Trees take a lot of space. I think SFG is mostly for veggies that don't need lost of space.
Comment by Violet (Zone 10) on August 30, 2009 at 11:03am
I'm in hte planning stage for my first SFG! I'm so excited! I'm going to do mostly veggies and fruits...I can do fruits can't I?
 

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