When considering a Vertical layer in your Food Forest, what do you grow or like to incorporate? What does well and is trouble free? Which are hardy vines? I like: Chayote (Sechium edule) I have been growing this for its greens and fruit and the fact that its long lived. Blackberries – I have a very vigorous but thorny type – but we like them closer to home than in the “wild” garden. But will put some in to attract birds. Kiwi - will put in some soon. Passion Fruit (Grenadilla) – easy and trouble free - I have a yellow and the regular purple ones. The yellow (Brazillian) is very vigorous and the current plants are prolific. Fruits bigger than a baseball ! others - Limas and regular Beans, I like that they are easy to just push into the soil where they can grow onto some shrubs or trees. Melons, Luffas or Pickling Melons need to be replanted every season. Harvesting most of these should be easy and a “picker” on a pole could be used. I would like to get some more “wild” types but getting seeds of exotics such as Akebia or vining Malabar Spinach is a challenge.
I have a ton of grapes and love love love them, am putting in kiwi this spring, haven't arrived yet.
Have honeysuckle, mostly for the pollinators..and my favorite vine isn't a people food vine but a bird food vine, woodbine..I totally love this vine and grow it everywhere. The birds will eat the berries in the late winter / early spring ..the vines are sturdy and have 5 leaflets per ..they are green with fuschia colored stems with dark purple berries..totall gorgeous..and the leaves turn scarlet red in the fall..amazingly beautiful.
I also grow trumpet, wisteria, bittersweet (nasty vines), and although not a vine i love climbing roses, brambles..esp my black raspberries which are very vigorous and produce berries pretty much all summer..delicious..I also have gold, red and purple ..and blackberries..
I do also grow some annuals like pumpkins, gourds, cucumbers, beans, squash, etc..and of course the annual morning glories.
Bloom where you are planted.
posted 8 years ago
Brenda, many thanks, we went and got two Woodbine (Virginia creeper) this morning! We like to attract birds to the area and having berries in late season is a plus. My concern with growing grapes in a "wild" way may be difficult to harvest. A trellis seems best, besides one needs do do some pruning on grapes to keep them producing an who doesnt like grapes.. I have seeds of Winged Beans (Asparagus Pea). From the Wiki on it, they seem to be worth a try - all parts are edible, phenomenal growth rate but they need a long growing season. I 'll run out of trees to have vines in...! maybe just run some beans up into bamboo.