What climber to grow in shade?

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  1. urbanus

    urbanus Junior Member

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    I want to grow something tasty against/over 15 metres of south facing paling timber fence in Melbourne. Suggestions???
     
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    Re: What climber to grow in shade?

    Depends on what your looking for...

    Tropaeolum (Nasturtium)
    Tropaeolum peregrinum

    ...might be an option... Depends on what type of "tasty" your after :)

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    Nasturtium Mayonnaise
    makes 8 servings as a sauce for fish
    This recipe is the perfect compliment to chilled summer salmon, or any fish, fresh off the grill.
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    1 cup mayonnaise
    1/4 tsp. finely minced garlic
    2 tsp. coarsely chopped capers
    1/3 tsp. grated lemon peel
    2 tsp. chopped nasturtium leaves

    Combine all ingredients. Keep chilled until ready to use.
     
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    Re: What climber to grow in shade?

    Was thinking something more along the lines that teens might eat. They aren't real fans of nasturtiums although would be a nice fence cover.
     
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    Re: What climber to grow in shade?

    Kiwi fruit will tolerate some shade.
     
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    Re: What climber to grow in shade?

    Can kiwifruit be grown against a fence? I have always seen them on overhead trellis. Nevertheless might be worth seeking some out as kids would like them - one male per seven females if I recollection serves me right.
     
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    Re: What climber to grow in shade?

    I trimmed a Kiwi Fruit for a client a couple of weeks ago. It was growing against a fence but had a lattice screen over the pailing fence. There was a couple of 4x2's nailed over the pailings (looked like the rails were on both sides - hope that makes sense) and the lattice was nailed to that.
     
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    Re: What climber to grow in shade?

    add a couple of horizontal wires at the top of the fence and grow a grape vine - - it's fairly easy to get a vine to grow the 2m or so to the top of the fence and then the next year train it to go along your wires. they should get more than enough sun once they are at the top of the fence
     
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    Re: What climber to grow in shade?

    Bill Mollison said you can graft a male branch onto a female kiwi vine for pollination, good for small properties.

    Sue
     
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    Re: What climber to grow in shade?

    Most climbers, by definition, start their life in the shade and head up to the light.

    A lot of the climbing beans [perennial], choko, grapes, most of the berry family, many ornamental legumes.

    Do you want it to last year round or are you happy for it to be a summer-type vine. Is is food, shade, pollution reduction, noise reduction or just 'tasty'.

    You may do well in Melbourne's climate to espalier some fruit trees there. A bit more work but very long lasting. Telephone peas will fill the gap wonderfully for a while. Sweet peas only take a few weeks and are great in a mulch. Cukes and most of the curcurbits planted now will give you early cover while you decide.

    cheers,
     
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    Re: What climber to grow in shade?

    The fence is next to a public footpath and partially shaded by camphor laurel to north. In front of fence are some slow growing camelias and azaleas and a crab apple but you still see a lot of fence even after ten years. Probably not enough room to espalier or fan prune fruit trees. Something that can grow a little taller than fence would be fine and it does not matter if deciduous in winter. I was thinking something the kids will eat but the idea of sweet peas for mulching is a good idea and add some colour to the garden. Never heard of telephone peas but will look them up; if they are like snow peas then we would have a winner.
     

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