Part of becoming self-sufficient means growing and harvesting your own food. But what are you supposed to do if the amount of land you have available is limited?
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Well, what if you could plant both pear trees and cherry trees that start out as mere sticks…but end up producing literally hundreds of pounds worth of food for the year?
As this video by Off Grid With Doug & Stacy discusses, it’s actually quite simple. Here’s a brief summary.
Start by digging a hole into the ground, and then set some compost at the bottom of the hole. You don’t want to dig the hole so deep that it’s a concave, meaning water would fall in and build-up to keep it soggy.
Instead, think of a volcano shape where the tree can be planted in looser soil. Make sure the hole is wide more so than anything, to create plenty of room for the tree’s roots.
The first tree to plant is called the black Tartarian cherry tree, otherwise known as a standard cherry tree. Gently place the tree, in the initial form of a stick, into the hole and cover it with compost and soil to give it plenty of nutrients.
Once the tree has been planted, immediately pour a bucket of water around the tree to get it the water it needs to grow. Be sure to pour a bucket of water once or twice a day for the first couple of weeks, and then back off and let it dry out a little.
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It’s also wise to plant two cherry trees in the same vicinity so they can cross-pollinate. You can repeat the same process with the pear tree as well.
As I said, this post is just a brief summary. For more information on turning sticks into trees, watch the full video below.
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