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Steep hill, need advice...

Posted by Bud_Bundy Ohio (My Page) on
Tue, May 31, 11 at 8:08

Hi, my side yard is pretty much just one long, steep hill. By "steep," I mean a 30-45 degree incline, 3-10 feet (or so) in height. It's been a major source of frustration for the 15 years we've lived here and seeing as my son is 20 and probably won't be living here too much longer, I'd love to do something with it so that I don't have to going back to mowing it once he leaves, ha ha. It ends directly at the street for most of the length of it, so I don't have a lot of options as far as terracing or building a retaining wall. My cardinal rule with my garden (with the exception of a couple pots and our tiny flower bed) is that everything has to be edible. I wouldn't mind some sort of ground cover, especially something that would make the hill less attractive to the neighborhood kids. Any suggestions would be heartily appreciated.

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RE: Steep hill, need advice...

I had this mental picture of raspberry or blackberry canes. Trouble is, that would probably attract the local kids, rather than repel them. Same with planting, say, blueberries - though they are three seasons beautiful.

And, if you were to keep them mulched then mowing might be history.

Are nut bushes a possible? Hazelnuts/filberts, perhaps.

Herbs? Monarda. Melissa. Achillea - in several colours.

Groundcover roses - and I'm remembering you said 'edible'. You can make rose petal jam or rosehip syrup.

Cowslips - wine.

RE: Steep hill, need advice...

Could you cut into the hill enough to place large plastic pots using a metal rod through the drain hole for added stability. Stagger these and plant all things that vine. Paula

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