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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
The willow and bamboo fences look like good ideas. I've always wanted to grow bamboo, as I could use it build things, as well as eat. That is, if I like young bamboo shoots. I've never tasted them.
Spud, I like your idea of thorn berry bushes. Best of both worlds. And you can grown them so that they are moe verticle and less horizontal.
living fence 2 espalier
Come to think of it, Casa Blanka = house white
Therefore, Pneuma tranquillo.
I like the looks of those beautiful living fences Joan.
If I put up a privacy screen here, it will limit the sunlight to my garden that already is limited by my house, so I guess I'd rather grow more to eat than have privacy.
The next move I make will be to a place with enough land to grow a large garden, and if it's close to other people, I will definitely put in privacy screens.
As far as dogs and cats, I think a good screen would be some blackberries with nasty thorns. I could eat them also (harvested with tough gloves and long sleeves), so they would do double duty.
if you look in another area, contact the County Extension Agent for a list appropriate for that area.
For ideas of a living fence.
Spud, one way to gain privacy, as you already know, but I just want to remind you. Daniel used lilacs, I think, to put a screen between him and his neighbors. Do you have a native plant/shrub/tree that grows naturally in your soils that you could plant along a property line, close enough together to give you a good screen?
When I designed my garden, I put trees and lilacs all around the perimeter. It not only screened out noise, but dust from the arterial just a half block from my home. What it did not do was screen out cats and dogs. For some reason, dogs like to poo on cabbage plants, so I built a fence on the property line. Now I have poo-free cabbages. It irked me that I had to go to the expense of keeping poo off my plants instead of dog owners keeping their dogs in their yards. That is life, I guess.
Here are some fencing ideas with plants that may interest you. Willows will not be a good choice for you, I suspect, because it likes water. I have a soggy part of the garden and I could have used willow, there. Now I am not so sure because the water that used to flow above ground seasonally no longer exists.
best plants for living fence
You might look around your area where you want to live and look for living fences that seem to be successful.
In Spokane, arborvitae is good only if there is an abundant and consistent water supply. Many shrubs without enough water look terrible and they die back. I have arborvitae with a soaker hose that I have on a timer
If you plan to stay in Pocatello, you could contact the Pocatello Tree Commission for ideas.
City of Pocatello MASTER LIST OF ACCEPTABLE TREES
Daniel, I am still amazed at the amount of energy you have. I just putter and feel like I have done a day's work. You work full time, then order and plant trees and all the other things you do. How do you accomplish all of this?
Spud! Yes! That is a perfect solution. You can have a very comfortable home in this type of building, you can have enough room for tool storage and supplies. If you have some cats, you can be free of mice. If you have some dogs, you will be free of coyotes or whatever prowls your grounds.
With vines growing over, it will help to insulate from the heat. I don't know about winter protection with plants, but insulation will take care of that!
Randy, I can't think of a word for woodchip farming that starts with "Lig...."
Daniel introduced me to an author that backs up her claims with laboratory research. Her name is Linda Chalker-Scott, Ph.D, WSU editor Extension Urban Horticulturist and Associate Professor, Puyallup Research and Extension Center, Washington State University Puyallup, Washington.Wood chip mulch: Landscape boon or bane?
There is a section of this article that addresses the concerns about using wood chips:
"Drawbacks of wood chips— mulch ado about nothing. There are a number of concerns ...."
She answered every question I had about wood chips.
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