Roger Taylor wrote:
Scarlet Hamilton wrote:Ground cover raspberry might be a good one for around the trunk? I think it might be but that is also a question because I’d like to know if anyone has tried it. I’ve got plenty of rubus nepalensis. It spreads quickly and is a superb ground cover. It is my first year growing it and I’m yet to see any fruit. Not sure if it will produce little berries in it’s first year.
I was picking pine cones up from between brambles. You're talking about thornless raspberries, right? Under non-fruiting tree?
I mean ground cover raspberries. They are thornless plants (at least rubus nepalensis is) and it reaches about 20cm high, spreads quickly and makes a great groundcover. It is easily removed.
I'm wondering about whether to use it under an apple tree around the trunk. I know the usual idea is to put a mineral accumulator there and for a while I did want to use horseradish. Comfrey is out of the question for me as I already have a patch of it nearby and the thought of having something around the tree permanently is a bit scary - what if the tree died? Horseradish seems a bit better but is known to spread - how would I stop it from taking over the garden? Wouldn't harvesting the roots be a risk to the tree? Hostas have been recommended for around the trunk but I don't want something prone to slug damage. Sorrel is a good mineral accumulator and seems like it would be good to use with ground cover raspberry around the trunk. Sorrel is an ok but not great ground cover and that would be ok if ground cover raspberry was running around it. I think I'm rambling now...
I love the pics in this thread!