that is really cool brenda! my childhood home had a large arbor covering the back patio. it was loaded with grape vines and grapes. the only down fall was that when everyone was sick of harvesting grapes they just ended up making a mess on the patio. I have fond memories of peeling green grapes and convincing other kids they were eyeballs I took out of a cat
the picture on the other thread was looking NW, above are SW and SE...there is a bench and a chair and table in there..as well as windchimes and birdfeeders..so it is actually a very fun place to be in the summertime when covered with grapevines..unfortunately a lot of our leaves froze this year...so it isn't as lush as it has been in past years.
Bloom where you are planted.
Ah, that's and old picture. I've been growing all sorts of things in there. The long tunnel with the gravel grow bed on the one side has had lots of different things growing in it. The gravel grow bed is part of the Aquaponics system as are those beds under the taller shade structure where the pics were still under construction.
On the side of the long tunnel opposite the grow bed I have grown cucumbers and beans and tomatoes and melons and just about anything that needs a trellis.
In the Gravel beds I've grown all sorts of things. Tomatoes, peppers, jicama, herbs, flowers, sweet potatoes, salad greens, collard greens, basil, and various other things. The gravel beds are also very good for rooting some types of plants (bamboo has done well rooting for me in the Aquaponics beds.)
Yep, I'm in Central Florida. Very North West Corner of Orange County near Mount Dora if you know where that is (I'm actually in Tangerine but few people know that one.)
was wondering what guage wire the panels are that you have been using TC? I have got an arch in the front yard..but that bugger was concrete reinforcement wire fence type stuff and i could barely bend it with my hands !!! feet!!! Help from my son..etc !!
I would like to know of a guage that is easier to work with yet stable enough to hold a vine and also will last..i would like to do something similar to what you hvae there in a back garden area...used to use pvc hoops..but they aren't very sturdy.
Bloom where you are planted.
It sounds to me like the living willow structures we're talking about might be able to stand as a part of an outer envelope system for a WOFATI, or, say, rammed earth/compressed earth block/pisée, or anything that needs protection from direct exposure to rain. I think it should be possible to grow such an envelope in the presence of mature trees that could, say, help bear the load of a structure without adverse effect, and an integrated food, nitrogen-fixing, accumulator, and mulching guild should be easy to come up with to fully support the living structure. Or maybe a tent of waterproofing, pond liner perhaps, could be secured to the inside of the dome, and the inner structure could be completely independent of the living one.
I find this idea quite engaging, as it does address the issue of maintenance over time; with conventional structures, they wear, get damaged, and degrade, but if the structure, at least the part exposed to the elements, were alive and repairing itself and growing all the while, then all you have to remember to do is walk around with the hedge clippers once in a while. Brilliant! Imagine a no-maintenance structure.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
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