Step 1: Put in the largest supports

gardener inserts four tall branches into pot filled with rich potting soil
Photo: Karen Bussolini
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Insert four tall branches firmly around the edges of a container filled with rich potting soil. Beech branches are especially graceful, but any woody plants with lots of side branching—butterfly bushes, Japanese maples, birch, high-bush blueberries—can be used.
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    Tools List

    • gloves
      Gardening gloves
    • hand trowel
      Trowel
    • bypass pruners
      Anvil pruner

    Shopping List

    1. Branches, which can be gathered, or can be purchased at garden centers for about $20 for a bundle of 20 to 25

    2. Terra-cotta pot

    3. Potting soil

    4. Twine

    5. Seedlings