posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 02:14 AM
UPDATE: COLUMNAR APPLE TREES
I have found a nursery online and purchased two columnar apple trees. According to what I read on the site -which meshes with my basic understanding-
you must have at least two trees of different variety in order to cross pollinate. The website is not one I have used before, but had pretty good
reviews and the instructions on the trees seemed decent.
Through research, I determined I would need some 15 gallon buckets for the trees. Yet another thing the local (chain) home improvement stores don't
carry! So, more research later I have ordered two of those from yet a different website, as the place where I purchased the apple trees doesn't
Overall, I have so far spent $82.55 to get the trees and pots to grow them in. Luckily, I already own basic gardening tools, good dirt, composting,
pebbles/rocks to line the bottoms with, and fertilizer. If you don't own any of that stuff, it would cost even more than $82.55 to get going on two
Additionally, in doing research on growing columnar apple trees indoors (before purchasing, of course), I found out that it will be okay to plant some
herbs around the base of my trees. So, I'm going to transplant some basil to one of the trees and some rosemary to the other tree. This is
important to me as I only have an indoor space of about 8 x 8 to fill with my food supply, and transplanting these herbs to the base of the trees will
allow me to fill the pots those herbs used to occupy with something I don't already have.
When everything arrives and I plant it all I will keep updating, and if anyone ever expresses any interest in this thread I will also be able to take
some photos. I realize some of us are counting every dollar and this is a rather large investment to make for someone who is living paycheck to
paycheck, so I will provide as much information as I possibly can.
The next update I make will probably be peas or beans. Either one of those is my number one choice depending on what research shows and what I can
Wish me luck!