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Old 26-07-2003, 11:23 PM
N. Thornton
 
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Hi there.

I would like some advice on planning a planting. I need to cover 4
walls with climbers - one each of east, west north and south facing.
I'm in Britain. I'd like lots of edibles, and plants that look nice
too. And just in case I havent asked enough already, ideally I'd like
fruit (etc) that would store well too.

So far I know I want apples. Passionfruit has been suggested, I quite
like that one. Manchurian kiwi also maybe for the north wall... there
my ideas cease.

Would there be a problem with planting an akebia quinata? Any other
suggestions welcome! Thanks.

Regards, NT

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Old 29-07-2003, 12:32 AM
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Hi NT,

You could try things like espaliered fruit trees, or 'ballerina' apples that
grow pretty much off a central upright stem and don't spread out, dwarf
varieties of fruit trees - i know you said climbers, i'm just tossing a few
other options in - hardy kiwi fruit, banana passionfruit, grapes, then
there's annuals like pumpkins, cucumbers etc that can be trained up walls
for summer crops?

AM


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Hi there.

I would like some advice on planning a planting. I need to cover 4
walls with climbers - one each of east, west north and south facing.
I'm in Britain. I'd like lots of edibles, and plants that look nice
too. And just in case I havent asked enough already, ideally I'd like
fruit (etc) that would store well too.

So far I know I want apples. Passionfruit has been suggested, I quite
like that one. Manchurian kiwi also maybe for the north wall... there
my ideas cease.

Would there be a problem with planting an akebia quinata? Any other
suggestions welcome! Thanks.

Regards, NT



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Old 03-08-2003, 12:04 AM
Jim W
 
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N. Thornton wrote:

Hi there.

I would like some advice on planning a planting. I need to cover 4
walls with climbers - one each of east, west north and south facing.
I'm in Britain. I'd like lots of edibles, and plants that look nice
too. And just in case I havent asked enough already, ideally I'd like
fruit (etc) that would store well too.

So far I know I want apples. Passionfruit has been suggested, I quite
like that one. Manchurian kiwi also maybe for the north wall... there
my ideas cease.

Would there be a problem with planting an akebia quinata? Any other
suggestions welcome! Thanks.

Regards, NT



HI there.. quite a few good suggestions in other post.. Where in the UK
tho? North, South, City, open country? Makes a lot of difference as to
what you can grow..

Shouldn't be a problem with Akebia AFAIK.. they grow fairly easily here
though fruiting is questionable..

I'd say for more ideas get a copy of the ART catalogue and borrow or buy
some of the good 'edible guides' for alternative foodstuffs..
www.futurefoods.com is a good one

ART is at:
www.agroforesty.co.uk

you might also try URG.. uk.rec.gardening that is.. another newsgroup..
We don't bite in there ya know;-)

See also
http://www.clivesimms.co.uk/
http://www.kenmuir.co.uk/

Erm what else.. ahve you considered grapes?

Certainly for strage though you are looking at trained tree fruits etc,
apples/pears etc.. Try Brogdale for these www.brogdale.org.uk they can
advise you on the best cultivars for your area and get you something
'special' that will do well in your position... Not sure but ther is
also a Nat collection for grape Cultivars also.. again.. get advice and
choose carefully. A good selection of grapes is held at Brogdale and
this also http://vinenursery.netfirms.com/listblack.htm looks promising
Unless you count processing as 'storing' eg wine, jam, freezing etc..
then you can 'store' just about anything

//
Jim
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Old 09-08-2003, 08:23 AM
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There's a Central American highland green pepper relative with some
frost and a lot of coolness tolerance, and a perennial I beleive,
which might well yield tasty peppers for years. J.L.Hudson listed
seeds years past. I've never grown it, but thought of it for
greenhouses. It a little hotter in flavor than sweet green peppers,
especially the seed-holding membranes, which trim off, as I remember
it.

Brian Cady


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