Hi all I have recently acquired an Amelanchier Alnifolia Obelisk (Juneberry) which is a smallish tree. The original plan was to plant directly in the ground but I am a bit worried about the height after ten years or so. Anyway, have decided that it might be better to try it in a large container (barrel) first and see how we get on with it. The planting instructions for planting in the ground say a hole should be dug to the depth of the root and twice as wide. If I do in fact plant into a container, which soil should I use? Would it be best to use mainly top soil with a bit of compost or completely in compost? Obviously compost would not be a stable as compacted soil and it would not be in a hole dug to the depth of the root ball. The plant going in is approximately six feet tall and a few twigs wide. Am I over thinking it? Should I just shove it in a container and hope for the best? Any suggestions appreciated. My second question is, Will I ever get out of the new to gardening section?