Someone Has to Do It

The work in a garden is never ending.  I have a container orchard, so the work is more intense.

No tree is born to live in a pot, its roots bound by a container so that its search for water and nutrients is restricted by the size of its confines.  Its branches and its roots need to be pruned to make life sustainable.  The very soil in which it’s anchored must be renewed: the tree must be uprooted as necessary and replanted in fresh soil.  When it rains on the ground, soluble nutrients are made available to plants and trees; in a container, they leach out of the pot, soluble or otherwise.

Today I am tackling another problem.  I have a number of large planters that I must empty as tree roots have made their way into the them via the drainage holes.  These planters were set on pavers but the pavers were on sand and not concreted together.  I will have to lift them on bricks in the future.


The large jacaranda tree is the culprit.  It’s massive and it was here before me so we must get on the best we can.  I have an arborist come to lop it once every two/three years to push back its shade but it’s a tree and it wants to spread.  Life is a compromise for both of us.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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4 Responses to Someone Has to Do It

  1. mattb325 says:

    It is never-ending work, but thankfully the rewards are never-ending too. I love your container orchard…it looks so healthy. I have it so easy with soil by comparison, although the roots from the tree growing up into the pots seeking the good soil and nutrients must be annoying. Is that a little swinging seat hanging from the Jacaranda tree?

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