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You probably know the drill. You pay $10 and you get 10 trees. But they are sticks with roots and the survival rate is poor unless you babysit them. Sigh. I have been able to keep 2 spruces, a maple, and a lilac, alive of the 10 and lost the others.

Our plan was to get member pricing on trees and buy a variety of a ton of them (several hundred) for super cheap to reforest a portion of our land. But without regular watering, the sticks will die. We are talking reforesting 1-2 acres. So it is not like setting up a watering system is feasible.

We were thinking of building some sort of baby tree nursery in our new shed and get them grown up more before transplanting them into the ground. But do you have any tips for getting these to live and make it? Or, should we scrap the whole idea and try and find a nursery that sells larger trees in bulk?

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look for different brands of "root dip"

balanced fertilizer like 13-13-13

here is the rub some trees require more of one or another mineral to grow successfully so you could research that as well.

like nurseries do put them in pots you can buy cheap nursery pots I would do them in 2 to 3 gallon ones and research when the best time to plant generally it is end of winter just before spring and do it after 3/4moon and rising. keep them close so your not watering the whole county.

old wives tale but many people bank on it above ground plants on rising moon below ground on waining of the moon like potatoes peanuts radishes etc .

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If I'm going to plant trees, they would certainly be fruit trees.

l want something out of it if I'm going to water it half the time.

Their are positives to having fruit trees, here are a few ( food, have to much after harvest, sell or barter with people. Apple trees will attract wild game in your area like deer. )

Ive been planting a lot of potatoes in my area, for the past 3 years or so now. Most folks don't know what a potato plant looks like, which is fine by me.

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I agree. We are doing all sorts of trees - biodiversity. Firewood. Attract wildlife. Some will be fast growing and others slow and yes, for edibles too.

Are potatoes perennials in your area? Something called ground nut, which is like potatoes, is a perennial in our area. But I wonder about regular ole tatters being perennials here.

I am in a cold climate.

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potatoes are in all regions you just have to grow the one that suits your region and your tastes I like red russet but it is more a baking or roasting when it is mature another type is the Yukon gold it is good for soup it is sof and falls apart for a great potato soup then I love sweet potatoes if you have a cold cellar you can stor them a long time as well as cabbage and cabbage can be made into kruat 

many veggies do well it is the species you want to check to make sure it can flourish in your zone in Germany they grow asparagus it is blond they keep it covered with dirt si it never gets sun it takes a while to design your property and it is a design it has to use the high points and low areas or you may have to do some sever land scraping with a dozer .

If I were younger a wind brace / row and line of trees on the drive in northern exposure a wind row there and small groves of fruit trees and other small groves of fruit trees about 10 for each grove in a corner disused a blackberry patch and fence rows grape vines all along them  mounds of lilac or lavender heather or other cash crops but that have an aesthetic beauty. depends on your climate hops is a good cash crop and many others like juniper trees for their berries.

its all good but when you plant a tree do them in 3s in an area that the max diameter will not encroach on the others and if one dies you have the others just remember the roots generally are as the diameter of the foliage of the tree / branches expanse.

also look up diseases for the ones you choose some are attractants for borers beetles and fungus some require minerals etc and sprays to combat infestations

just make sure that trees do not grow tall enough to fall over on you home place them far enough to be safe.

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