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If twisted trees will suffocate each other, why do retail stores sell them together?

As far as I can see, the benefit is the two trees pollinate each other. I think after they get to a certain size though the stems will become too woody/stiff to continue twisting them together so I am ...
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If twisted trees will suffocate each other, why do retail stores sell them together?

These 'twisted apple trees' are a fairly new concept, so how they perform over a decade or more will be interesting to see. Viv is right in that the benefit is you only need one twisted apple, because ...
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If twisted trees will suffocate each other, why do retail stores sell them together?

Is there a picture we can see? There is no conclusive way to answer this question without looking at them. If they are twisted quite well and on purpose, then that seems a bit odd. If they are twisted ...
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Computerised record of vegetable plot plan over time

A friend implemented an excel spreadsheet grid map, where each cell would represent a geographical point of his allotment (easy for square plots), this enabled him to do some things via comparing ...
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Computerised record of vegetable plot plan over time

I have used Vegetable Garden Planner (http://gardenplanner.almanac.com/). It is a good tool that help not just keep track of what you planted each year but also with recommendations with respect to ...
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Is my plan for 'Blue Flowers Seed Mix' good?

If you are looking for optimum results I recommend starting the plant indoors in seed starter mix or just regular potting soil. By doing this you ensure a better chance of success. Also, try to ...
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Passer-by view of my garden - improvements?

Fantastic question. You need something with coarse texture, huge texture. Have you ever seen Gunnera? Dinosaur Food? I've never seen it this large, but close. Your flowers would be very happy ...
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How to start in the landscaping design business?

Launching any artistic venture is a highly risky strategy if you are seeking income rather than internal reward. There are many people in the industry and the distribution follows the power law - a ...
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Getting a Garden/Landscaping Design reviewed

Do you have a relatively local college or university with a horticulture program? If yes, then you could contact the head of the program, explain what you'd like done, and most likely be able to get ...
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Does the trench or hill method work better?

So I did some research and I am finding some good information, but it sounds like it depends on what your growing. I found, for example tomatoes, it is best to trench plant them. Source Here. ...
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London garden lawn and tree positioning

I am sending pictures of screens that would be great for an espalier as well as break up your wall of fence. Also firepit pictures...also lawn edge curves, plant beds mounded...
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London garden lawn and tree positioning

Some additional considerations for you as you go through the exciting process of designing your garden. In winter, the sun's arc is lower in the sky and in summer the sun's arc is higher in the sky. ...
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London garden lawn and tree positioning

Your garden is West/south-west facing, if the sun disappears to the top right of your image. West facing gardens get no sun at all before lunchtime. I'm afraid I'm going to give you some planting and ...
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If twisted trees will suffocate each other, why do retail stores sell them together?

I suspect that even with complete knowledge they'd still sell them. It would take years, maybe even decades for the trunks to do a lot of harm to each other, by which time the sellers reckon you'll ...
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If twisted trees will suffocate each other, why do retail stores sell them together?

The 'problem' with this 'braiding' or intertwining of trunks is that it could cause problems with the vascular system but I've never seen that happen. They 'grow together' and share vascular systems. ...
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Looking for advice on constructing a living fence, using trees or vine

Your photos show a good example of what's known as cordon training - this is a method used mostly for fruiting trees, and it looks as if the trees in the photo may actually be apple, but its hard to ...
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Designing cherry laurel grove

A 'grove' is composed of understory trees, most coveted are multistemmed species. Your are considering dense shrubs? Would love to help with this as 'groves of trees' are one of my 'things'...a ...
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When designing an agroforestry project what is the proper way to design heights of different plants to work together?

Well black thumb...now I get it. I did this in a development and had a forest, seriously, that gave fruit, shade, interest and privacy. We had to leave and they ripped ALL OF MY PLANTS and hard ...
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What plants are these dwarf coniferes? How can I improve my case?

You are saying you like the first picture and the second is the actual picture at your home? Minime You are feeling and seeing the problem. The need to unify. We were taught that humans are only ...
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Computerised record of vegetable plot plan over time

I am the creator of Raddish (https://raddish.app/), which is a free tool to plan your garden and track plantings. I'm currently working on building a robust layout designer, but the current website ...
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What mushrooms should I look into for growing in garden aisles?

The two common mushrooms that can grown outside, or in greenhouses, are Pleurotus ostreatus and Agaricus bisporus. The former is a primary decomposer that would be grown on straw, and the latter is a ...
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Getting a Garden/Landscaping Design reviewed

It sounds like you want a professional to have a look at your plan and just correct/critique it, rather than asking the professional to come up with a design they think will suit you. Whilst it should ...
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How to start in the landscaping design business?

A friend of mine was moderately successful at it. She was in a symbiotic situation with a very large garden shop. She was independent but the shop provided her office space. I think she had a degree ...
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How practical is a vertical garden?

I am not completely sure what you mean by using three racks, but I'm picturing something like your innovative door-turned shelf at your three specified heights all on your deck. If my mind's picture ...
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Which agave species are small enough for my succulent garden?

This link for miniature agaves (really intended to be grown in pots) might be helpful - you'll need to decide which will grow where you are, depending on your local climate and average winter ...
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How far apart should rafters be spaces on pergola if used specifically for the purpose of growing grapevines?

I've trained a vine (cultivar - Phoenix) up a pergola in my garden, so I can tell you what works for me. There's a permanent "T" shaped framework consisting of a single main stem going up one vertical ...
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How far apart should rafters be spaces on pergola if used specifically for the purpose of growing grapevines?

For the last question: the usual method is one year parallel, and one year perpendicular (because it is the direction it will take naturally: new branches perpendicular to previous branches). About ...
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how do I modify the square foot gardening method for a community garden with mushrooms also?

The King Strophoria (Stropharia rugosa-annulata) (aka Wine Cap) is ideally suited for this. I'm not exactly sure why you would want manure under chips for the path - it seems like this would ...
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how do I modify the square foot gardening method for a community garden with mushrooms also?

Since mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of hidden mycelial networks then they don't suit the square foot gardening paradigm which allocates a square foot for different plants as mushrooms need to be ...
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What plants are these dwarf coniferes? How can I improve my case?

Approximate guesses: Thuja occidentalis 'Umbraculifera' Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea' or Juniperus horizontalis 'Lime Glow' Thuja occidentalis 'Globosa' Picea pungens 'Fat Albert' Anyway, ...
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