Last year I grew in containers. I’m doing it differently this year. This year I dug big holes masked by brush (blackberries, tall grass). My seedlings are sprouting out of the soil and my GDP clones are adjusting from their rockwool in pots of soil for the second day. Since gophers and rats are around, I plan on using hardware cloth to line the holes and Liquid Fence around the area. I’m not sure how to keep rats away, but perhaps the Liquid Fence will help in addition to clearing enough bramble away from the planting location.
I plan on using hog wire to circle each plant. I have to spread the planting locations around to avoid detection ( I wouldn’t want thieves to have it easy at one location). I plan on tossing some chicken manure over the back fill of each hole, mixing some Fox Farms Ocean Forest in with the native rich soil. I thought as the roots reach down there will be some good nutrients from the chicken crap. I may even use some Smart Pots on a pallet for a plant or two. Any suggestions are welcome from experienced growers. While I progress with this, I’ll post some pics. Via (only registered users can se the link, login or register)