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What can I grow in plant boxes?

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  1. enginestar

    enginestar Apprentice Gardener

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    I wanted some idea of what I can grow in a plant box?

    Any trees I can consider?

    My friend has bought peppers, chillies and tomatoe trees.
    What else could I start with? And are these ones any good?

    Thanks.
     
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      I have patio apple, pear, fig and olive in large pots, you could also put these in plant boxes so long as they are big enough and deep enough. I also have raspberry, black currant and an Acer.

      This link might help with more suggestions on trees for plant boxes

      Trees: growing in containers/RHS Gardening

      Other than trees, you can plant flowers, veggies and fruit
       
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        enginestar Apprentice Gardener

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        @kazzawazza no way?
        ALL those things you grow? wow!
        i'm really inspired now!
         
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        Here is a picture of my patio pear tree. I bought this last year from Dobbies for £30. A little more expensive as it was well established and as you can see has a decent amount of fruit this year. Some other suppliers will sell a full mini orchard (plum, pear, apple and cherries) for not much more than that but they'll be less developed younger trees that will take a couple of years to get to that level of maturity.
         

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          Agree with @kazzawazza , @enginestar .

          I have no open ground at all, everything is in containers ( have a quick look through the " what's looking good in July , June etc threads and you'll see what i grow ).
          I can also add Cherry " Silvia " , Plum " Vicoria ", Willow ( Salix ), Pieris, Dwarf Lilac and Yew for suggestions about dwarf trees giving a bit of height. I underplant all my trees with Spring bulbs and other plants giving all year round interest.
           
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            i'm really inspired now!
            but where can i buy?
            i went to a local garden shop - they said they were all sold out and wouldn't get anything until august (ready grown plants/trees - they have lots of other things)

            b&q - no problem shopping there... but would prefer to support a local shop!

            cherries: how do you protect from birds just out of interest?
             
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            To protect fruit from birds, I would put netting over them. This is what I do with blackcurrants, figs and blueberries.

            If local shops have sold out of what you want, you may perhaps need to look elsewhere this time.

            This link might be of interest if you are considering buying a cherry tree:

            Advice on Buying Cherry Trees
             
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