new project - advice needed =)
Ok, here's the sitch. I had a near disaster this year with that stupid rat eating all my seedlings and some trees - he even climbed up 4' trees where he bit the ends off of every branch! He decimated my chinese fringetree seed bed and whacked most nearly all of my other seedlings back if not outright killing them. I would like to avoid this in the future and do so by building a sturdy structure in an economically feasible manner. What I am planning sounds hideous enough and hard sell to the wife so I want to keep the cost as low as possible.
My plan is to use 1.5" or 2" PVC for the supports. I will then wrap critter fencing with very small openings/holes around the entire base starting 6" below ground all the way to the top. I will cover the top with a relatively low light blocking shadecloth to allow a good amount of sun in at least until the vines have grown up the sides enough to give some shade to the babies.
I will spray paint the pvc, connectors, and fencing green (if I can't find fencing that I want already green) to help it blend into the background which is forest and junipers in the understory - yes, here they DO grow in shade.
I want to grow a variety of flowering vines both deciduous and evergreen to cover up the sides of the shelter and help beautify it. I have also considered putting the fencing on top to eventually allow the vines to cover that part and the structure could be used as a pergola. I am thinking since I will be planting vines around the perimeter, I should put some vertical guard below ground to keep the vine roots from entering any potential seedbed I create. I will probably use this as part seed bed/part container garden to grow seedlings in.
I am open for any and all opinions on anything - design critiques, native vine suggestions, calls to my therapists alerting them I need my meds adjusted for even considering this, etc.
Vines I am considering:
Perhaps some clematis hybrids
I am thinking I don't want something as aggressive as Campsis radicans.
Should I trench around the perimeter of the structure and pour concrete around the PVC supports and meshed fencing?
Would surrounding the enclosure in vines create a stagnant airmass inside the structure and lead to fungal problems on my seedlings?
I was thinking maybe setting up overhead sprinklers for irrigation because of the seedbed possibility.
I have looked up what I need and I think around $200 will cover everything.
This is a project I would like to get started this spring and at the latest, finished before seed sowing time this fall.
Edit: Assume the structure will reside in full sun for at least the next 5-10 years for vine selection. Ya know, espalier might also be fun to try on this project.
This post was edited by j0nd03 on Tue, Jan 7, 14 at 20:44