Hi new here and not a seasoned gardener by any means. We bought a house over the summer (built 1978) in Arizona. We have what looked like a planter at the entrance way directly below a sky light. Rocks were used as what looks like a little retaining wall. The area (the planting area) measures 47 inches by 30 inches. I wanted to plan an indoor tree. I expected to clear out the soil and debris that is there now and to find some sort of a concrete base or any kind of a base really. But I'm digging now below floor level and hitting a layer of clay. This thing seems to be literally a hole in the house itself. Our house is build on a slab like many AZ homes. so I assume I'd hit a solid base somewhere. Has anyone ever heard of a planter being designed this way? Maybe they were typical of 1970s homes here. But I'm not sure if its a good idea to plant a tree if the root structure is not contained. I wanted to plant BTW an Ethiopian Drupifera. Should I be careful about planting in this and if so what could I do with it? Thanks
I would be afraid to plant a tree in there. It might damage your foundation. Even if it is a tree that is suppose to have a small root system.
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