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Partial Shade Hugelkultur bed with climbers

 
Dave Quinn
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I have a neighbouring building at the bottom of the garden (it's a ruin actually). The wall facing is covered with Ivy and the garden drops about 2-3 ft into a trench to the case of the wall. The wall is just slightly north of due west facing, so gets the afternoon and evening sun. I've just dropped a sycamore that was strangled with Ivy and in poor health that was rooted in the bottom of the trench. I'll use some for firewood, but theres a lot and I thought of creating a hugelkultor bed with climbers against the wall. I was going to rip the ivy down and compost it.

We're in Brittany with clayloam soil

I'm new to gardening, and would like advice on planting with vegetables / edible perenialls and pattern also the bed will be about 20ft long by about 4ft wide.

I've sort of thought potatoes across the front of the patch mixed with strawberries. Maybe peas behind, but would like some climbers up the wall. Want it it be as diverse as possible and as it's at the bottom of the garden as self managing as possible.
 
Jeanine Gurley
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Sounds like an interesting space Dave.

Also sounds like you have thought this out pretty well.

What specific advice are you looking for?
 
Dave Quinn
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Advice on planting mix and tiering really.

So roots, ground cover, bush and climbers that work well together but don't need constant sun.

 
Dave Quinn
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Hugelkulture bed now nearly done.

The Ivy thrives really well in this location, but I don't like it!

Does anyone know of any Fruit or nut bearing climbers that thrive in similar conditions to English Ivy?
 
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