1. Fruiting Vegetables - 8 hours of sun This includes tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and vine crops such as cucumbers, melons, and squash.
2. Root Vegetables - 6 hours of sun Carrots, beets, etc.
3. Leafy Vegetables - 4 hours of sun These are your "greens" such as lettuce, spinach and collards.
*Even though your vegetables may get enough light when planted near a tree, they will not get enough nourishment and water. Vegetables can't compete with an established tree for essential nutrients and moisture
1. Labels attached to your plant by wires can girdle the branch, so remove them when you plant.
2. Set the tree in the soil at the same level that it grew in the nursery. Look for a dark mark on the trunk that indicates the depth.
3. To protect the trunk from sunscald, rodents, and lawnmower nicks, use a tree wrap from soil level to the lowest branch.
4. If you use mulch, don't allow it to touch the trunk of the tree.
5. Check your plant from all angles to see that it is sitting straight before filling the hole.
6. Stakes often cause more damage than they prevent, so use them only when planting in a windy, unprotected area, or if you are planting a top-heavy tree. If you use a stake, leave an inch or two of slack in the wire and cover the part that encircles the tree with a protective covering.
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