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[–]JasonCarswell 4 insightful - 3 fun4 insightful - 2 fun5 insightful - 3 fun -  (0 children)

Keep them away from your house foundation!

In 30 - 50 years they'll be a force of nature.

[–]kokolokoNightcrawler 3 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 2 fun -  (8 children)

i'm currently at over 700m altitude. spring frost often kills flower buds here...i'd like a pear and some weed but all i have is sum apples and plums and raspberries

[–]Robin 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (7 children)

Larger trees are generally more tolerant of extreme temperature than smaller ones, so you could try using a container and moving your trees indoors for the first couple of Winters to help them get established.

[–]kokolokoNightcrawler 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (4 children)

They mostly are OK as far as tree goes, but when there's so much morning frost in April when the fruit flowers, it kills then all you have is a tree to look at

[–]Robin 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

Hmmm. Not my strong point; we don't have a lot of frost to deal with here... Any chance as regards microclimate? i.e. place them next to the air vents or some other such feature that would raise the temperature a few degrees?

[–]kokolokoNightcrawler 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

I recently moved here. I'm just now starting to understand what the heck is happening with flora. I'm looking at placing stone plates besides all plants, to accumulate sun during the day and radiate heat during night time and that would be good for mulching as well. I'm just a serious noob. I've lived in city buildings all my life.

[–]Robin 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

One thing about gardening skill is it's pretty easy to recognise -- if one of your neighbours has gardening talent, that'll probably be easy to see. Many people respond well to requests for help in gardening -- seeds are easy to come by if fruit is in season as is gardening know how. It's more FUN with friends. With veggies you can just plant at random near enough - lots of failures will equate to lots of learning. Fruit trees are a longer term thing, so good to get a bit of consultancy beforehand in case you realise only after years that you wish you'd planted something else there. If you're not in a city now, you could practice growing in packets and build up a stock for guerilla gardening in the neighbourhood.

[–]kokolokoNightcrawler 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Thank you for such an upbeat tone but unfortunately it's just a bunch of potato growing hillbillies here. I'm already on the next level and it's only my second year here. This year I arranged some raised beds paired with anti-bird netting, drip irrigation, compost bins, liquid manure and so on...None of them do this stuff. They get a tractor with a plough and a tractor with manure and they just plant stuff that needs little to no watering at all. I'm also working on hedging the bordering fences....It's a lot lol. Next year I would like more raised beds and some greenhouse setups to try and at lest get some strawberries before June ffs...:D What do you plant, any pics?

[–]Tom_Bombadil 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Does that work in Bangladesh?

[–]Robin 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

We don't have a frost issue. It's more the reverse. Sometimes helpful to keep small trees in the shade until they can handle full sun.

[–]Robin 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I have been growing 1000s of fruit trees from seed for years now. No, I don't have that much land. I grow them in pots and packets, to give them away to friends, neighbours & strangers. The most popular where I live are definitely papaya -- because I'm mostly giving to people in short term tenancies they want something that will fruit quickly.

Ideally you read up and study what grows where, which soil type, how much sun etc. In practice, most things grow in most circumstances, albeit sometimes not so well, so if you try and grow everything everywhere you'll learn quickly. I guess the single most important point to consider is probably temperature -- I live in the tropics, so I don't bother with any that need winter chilling (e.g. apples, pairs, peaches, plums etc). Conversely, if you live somewhere that it freezes, you can forget the tropical ones such as mangoes, lychees etc.

The main lesson is, don't stress about how, but PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE SOIL, NOW! Give seeds a chance! If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask...

[–]Tom_Bombadil 1 insightful - 4 fun1 insightful - 3 fun2 insightful - 4 fun -  (0 children)

Easy for you to say, Jesus...