In case you’ve somehow missed the following information: my soil is very thin. So, making a hole big enough for my last apple tree felt like too much of a challenge and didn’t happen. Actually, it didn’t happen for the first two either but, being bigger now, perhaps shallow soil is less of an issue for them.
However, with a rather large amount of newly acquired soil from pond-building, I thought the Ribston Pippin might benefit if I made a transfer to its site. Thus,
the point where the scion was grafted onto the rootstock is still above ground so that it isn’t going to turn into a standard sized tree but the trunk of the rootstock is not so exposed. I’m also rather hoping the ‘soil’ will bring with it some nutrition, especially the clay subsoil. Either way, though, I’m glad to be able to repurpose the pond soil.