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    Veggiechicken, if you think they will do well in the shady beds I will give it a go. That seems a good compromise :-) they have been soaking for nearly 24 hours so they will need planting. Just make a hole, fill with water, blood fish and bone around the top be ok ?
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    Marb, I'd hate you to come back in a few years time and tell me that planting the trees against the wall didn't work, so..............
    only you know how shady that border is, and what the soil is like, and how deep.

    That's my Get out of Jail card

    Others may disagree but I think that a tall plant against a wall has a better chance of light than a low growing plant, which would have more shadow.
    I don't know how tall your trees are compared to the wall but if they're near the top, and the wall isn't in permanent shade, I'd go for it.
    Also, the trees need the best light during the summer months. If the wall is very shady during the winter its doesn't matter so much as the trees are dormant.
    Planting near a wall means that you will have to keep an eye on watering, as they will also be in the rain shadow.

    As for planting, I'd put the fertiliser in the hole and put the tree on top.
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    Don't worry veggiechciken, if they fail it isn't the end of the world because they were very cheap. £7.99 in all for both.

    I have thought of lifting one of the flags in the paving outside the back door which gets a bit of sun but and planting one there but then you can't really move it again if it doesn't work.
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    I'm sure they'd be fine in large pots for a year or two. You could move them around into sunny corners and it keeps your options open.
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    I just planted 12 fruit trees into a 10x4 bed (what do you mean fruit trees aren't supposed to be planted as a square foot garden ).

    They're all going to be pruned as single stemmed cordons. I'm hoping that the pruning and close quaters will control their vigour.

    It seems that Conventional Wisdom says that the plums and cherries can't be grown as cordons but as neither of these words is often associated with me I'll be growing them as a cordon anyway and adapt the pruning to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    I'm sure they'd be fine in large pots for a year or two. You could move them around into sunny corners and it keeps your options open.
    I think I will do just that for the first year until I decide what goes where. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-ell View Post
    I just planted 12 fruit trees into a 10x4 bed (what do you mean fruit trees aren't supposed to be planted as a square foot garden ).

    They're all going to be pruned as single stemmed cordons. I'm hoping that the pruning and close quaters will control their vigour.

    It seems that Conventional Wisdom says that the plums and cherries can't be grown as cordons but as neither of these words is often associated with me I'll be growing them as a cordon anyway and adapt the pruning to them.
    I'd have thought a bigger problem would be them having enough room below ground. Even supposing that your trees all manage to find a way to stretch their roots contentedly in just over 3 square feet each, that many roots in such a small space would presumably severely deplete the nutrients in the soil. I assume you are planning on feeding heavily?
    Posted on an iPad so apologies for any randomly auto-corrected gobbledegook

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    Marb, I'm fairly rubbish at fruit trees but, given your existing problems with the lack of light in your growing area could you espallier your trees to the brick wall, that would keep the canopy to a minimum.
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