…you look at your kids’ play structure and decide that it’s taking up entirely too much space and producing too little food. It’s in the middle of our backyard, smack dab in the middle of the sunniest spot. Fortunately, I was able to pry the chainsaw out of Jonny’s hands and convince him that we could use it as a trellis with benefits.
We planted comfrey, anise hyssop, a cardoon, and grapevines to take advantage of the trellis. Hyssop is a wonderful herb, attracting a multitude of beneficials and just generally being beautiful. It is also a particularly good companion plant for grapes, according to this site.
An added bonus is that this playstructure is visible from our bedroom window, which means that every morning in the summer we wake up to the sight of dozens of butterflies and other pollinators buzzing around the hyssop blooms. Eventually, we hope that the grapevines will cover the trellis above the swingset, providing a bit of mid-day sun for the kiddos. And grapes. Did I mention grapes?
Fast forward to a hot summer day last summer when I was desperately looking for a spot to plant a hardy kiwi vine that I had rescued from a home depot end of the season plant sale. I decided that the other side of the structure could really use a vine. One year later, it’s going strong and looking healthy. Hopefully in another year or so we will have fruits. Did I mention we hope to actually harvest kiwis one day? I recently read that it could take as long as 8 years for a kiwi to produce…sigh.
Does every structure in your yard look like a trellis?