help: 'living fence' ideas
IÂm posting this in several forumsÂ
IÂm looking for some help. IÂve been asked to come up with several plans for our community gardenÂs "living fence". A fence has been constructed around the gardens, and now weÂre planting various vines and brambles to grow up/around the fence. Grapes are already being put in along some sections, so thatÂs a non-issue. ThereÂs a strong interest in raspberries and currants, and IÂm looking into hardy kiwis.
I already have a good idea of what to do with raspberries (i.e. planting, and control of canes inside and outside the fence). What IÂm looking for are:
1. ProÂs and ConÂs of planting currants and kiwis, and how much space to give them, and
2. Other ideas of edible, perennial vines/short bushes that we could plant.
Things to keep in mind:
-thereÂs hundreds of feet of fence, so we have room for several things
-this is zone 5a Madison, Wisconsin.
-maintenance must be easy, not much more than an annual pruning and a shot of fertilizer once or twice a year.
-the fence is only around 5 feet tall, with "rabbit fencing" on the bottom 2 feet, and just a couple of wires between posts on the top few feet.
Your help is much appreciated!