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Suggestions Please for planting around Veg Patch Fence


 
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bonnamh
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:43 pm    Post subject: Suggestions Please for planting around Veg Patch Fence Reply with quote

Hi:)
We have just extended the (hopefully rabbit-proof) fence around our veg patch and would like to plant something around the front of the post and wire-mesh fence.
The area has full sunlight, little shelter, I'm sure there's a raft of shrubs, roses etc to choose from and I don't expect anyone to list them all here!!!

What I'm looking for is some sort of cropping perennial plant that would be suitable, maybe a fruit bush ???
Pest control is a concern, mainly rabbits.
I have attached pictures
The fence is plastic-coated wire mesh, about 2 to 2.5 feet high, and on the kirb-side we have left a bed of 6 to 8 inches to plant in.
We are looking at the North Side of the fence.

All suggestions gratefully received!
Chris:)



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose the thing you don't want to do is minimize your light in any way. Would raspberries and or sweet pea be of use. Both will like the support though both would like it about twice as high as you have now. There are dwarf sweet pea though. You could also grow peas up the fence. They are an annual sowing though. Hope this helps. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loganberries or tay berries as fruit and Scarlet runner beans as vegetables.
Gooseberries can be trained against a fence as can red currants and of course apple trees.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tayberries, definitely! I have one bush and I'm going to find a space for a few more. They taste fabulous - much better than raspberries (or any other berries, in my opinion); they're also heavy croppers, and they make great jam - if you can stop yourself eating them fresh!
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