Please forgive me if my netiquette is incorrect. I’m new to this…
The inspiration: I’ve been going to the same Christmas Tree Farm for 20 years. It’s a sustainable farm, and we cut the tree ourselves, but we ALWAYS leave the bottom rung of branches on the tree. Why? Because then the tree completely regrows itself by next Christmas. Every year I’m amazed that these tree stumps grow back as much as 10 feet in such a short time.
So I’m wondering what if instead of starting a hydroponic garden from scratch each season, what if we grafted our plants onto the branch of a “permanent” tree root base that provides all the nutrients for the plants without having to grow a new root and leaf system from scratch? Wouldn’t this have the same effect? 10 times the growth? Longer growing season? Bigger yields? Simpler irrigation?
I’ve heard that local hero, Luther Burbank, grafted 144 plant varieties onto a single apple tree! So it seems like it should be possible. But this is not my area of expertise and I don’t have enough time to research it myself this year. Feedback? Thoughts? Suggestions?