Above ground bed growing

Maiden69

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Well, finally had a chance to clear a small area next to my bench for a small 5x3 above ground bed. I used the corner blocks that Lowes sell with 2x6 pressure treated lumber that I had left over from the bench. I will probably buy more lumber to raise it a little more to cover the entire bag. Right now I have 6 trees in it, a trident, JBP, yoshino cherry blossom (testing the waters with this one in an 8b zone), peppermint peach tree (again trying to see if it works here), a Chinese pistache, and a bald cypress (which I may move into a water tub as my second year seedlings are almost 2/3rd the size of this one that I bought from a nursery in a 1 gal container.

The bottom is covered with weed barrier fabric and I filled the bed with pine bark nuggets from Lowes. I thought about using regular mulch, but thought that this would look better in the bed. I may use my lawnmower in the mulching setting and cut the chunks o back smaller.

I guess this will be more of an experiment for me, I would love to be able to grow in the ground, but I wouldn't be able to where I live, plus the quality of the soil here sucks.

Soil is a mix of Bonsai Jack's Bonsai Block and monto clay with pumice, for the pine I added some lava as well. I was planning on only using pumice and lava as recommended by @Adair M, but decided to add the other 2 substrates because of how hot and dry it gets here.

Bed.JPG bed 1.JPG yoshino cherry.JPG BC 1.JPG JBP 2b.JPG Chinese pistache.JPG
 

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Nice job. I like the way you give your plants room to grow. Mine are too close and need to be reset. Its too easy to miss wire removal and such.
 

Maiden69

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Nice job. I like the way you give your plants room to grow. Mine are too close and need to be reset. Its too easy to miss wire removal and such.
Thanks, my first try was with them on the ground covered with mulch... it was a disaster because I didn't have enough space. The pine was not happy at all because the trident and the cherry tree will shade it after 2-3 pm. Now it get's full sun till around 6-7 pm. I plan on letting them grow for a few years, and with this spacing I will be able to check on them, rotate them (except the pistache), and swap them for other trees if necessary.
 

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