Underplanting a stepover apple tree
Hello. I received a stepover apple tree as a Christmas present. It's been in a pot for the last couple of weeks while we prepare its final position - a bed about 3ft by 10ft at the end of the lawn, before our raised veg beds. The idea was that it would provide a low, not harsh barrier between the two areas (there's access to the veg area at each end of this bed). But as we prepare I realise that I haven't thought the bed through fully - I'd like to grow some other plants in there, especially since this a young, small tree (already trained into the stepover shape) and won't 'fill' the space for some time yet. It has a spread of about 3-4ft at the moment, so has a fair amount of space at each end.
I know it's not a good idea for fruit trees to have competition, but am hoping I don't have to leave the bed completely bare. Can I grow things at the ends / edges, at least? Are some plants more suitable than others? Any advice / suggestions?
Last edited: 29 December 2016 11:05:25