I want to create a permaculture food forest in my backyard but i'm just wondering what the impact of a wooden fence in the backyard has on it. Very little light can get through so how does this impact growing near the fence?
Howdy Bryan, welcome to Permies! I have a 6 ft wooden fence around my house. I have 8 fruittrees so far and they are doing fine. They are all planted about 6 ft away from the fence so the shade does not get to them. The wind is blocked by the fence , so I believe that there is a little bit more heat available.
So when you take some time and watch the sun move across your yard, does the fence shade all day long ?
does any sun get to the area any part of the day, say if it is a south fence maybe morning and evening..etc? otherwise stick with things that prefer shade..i have things planted on the north side of my house that get very little sun and they thrive..mostly hostas, bleeding heart, filipendula, goatsbeard, monkshood, strawberries, vince, mint, ferns, etc.
then about 5 to 8 ' out there are trees and shrubs of all kind that get either reflected light or some direct light in the morning and evenings.
Bloom where you are planted.
As Brenda and Alice mention, you can find low plants that work in shade. You can search for plants that fit your criteria at http://pfaf.org/user/plantsearch.aspx -- tick the boxes you want in the list for "habit", boxes for 0cm through 1m, and full shade. I just did a search with perennial/biennial and got dozens of results; you can filter by hardiness and uses to get a smaller list of candidates.
posted 7 years ago
wow that's a great site! that makes it easy to find plants for different uses.
I may be too new to the permie scene though because I have no idea how to identify these plants or where I can find them.
I plugged in nitrogen fixer with full shade and thats a shrub and this is what it came up with.