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[Cob] Good windbreak plants for close planting to cob wall?Peters Family (AKA sar, bridge, dylan, chris) bollygum211 at bigpond.com
Wed Mar 3 14:48:55 PST 2010
Hi Brian, What about Boston Ivy, (Parthenocissus tricuspidata ??) It adheres with suction caps on it's roots so it's not that destructive on masonry walls, deciduous for winter sun, native to US ? and the leaves are held vertical so water drops down to the ground. Being in the grape family there could be medical uses but I don't know of any.. Just a suggestion It can be a bit weedy here in parts of Oz but no idea about where you are.. Seems a shame to cover a cob wall though. cp On Tue, 3/2/10, Brian Liloia <evacindustry at gmail.com> wrote: > > From: Brian Liloia <evacindustry at gmail.com> > Subject: [Cob] Good windbreak plants for close planting to cob wall? > To: coblist at deatech.com > Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 2:27 PM > > I live in northeast Missouri in a completely cob house, and the west and > north walls are quite exposed to the wind. Unfortunately, I cannot plant any > ol' types of trees or shrubs at any ol' distance from the house, since I > live at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and I can only really work within the > confines of my plot of land, which is quite small. > > I hoped to get some insight into planting shrubs nearly butt up against the > north and west walls of the house. Has anyone planted shrubs right up > against their own cob walls? What types of shrubs would you recommend? > Obviously, they should be (very) shade-tolerant, and it would be nice it > they had some medicinal or edible qualities, but it's more important that > they actually serve as a formidable windbreak. > > Any suggestions? > > - ziggy (my house: http://small-scale.net/yearofmud) >
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