Weaving Wood: Twig Towers and Wattle Fences Pruning season is here, which means that many of us will quickly accumulate a small mountain of superfluous sticks. At my house, many pruned branches are given a second life as woven wattle fences, plant supports, and twig towers for growing vines in containers. If you’ve itched to make natural structures for your garden, pruning season is the best time to try.
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Pleaching or plashing was common in gardens from the late Middle Ages until the 18th century. This technique is a kind of weaving of the branches of deciduous trees or shrubs to form a living fence. Sometimes branches woven together grow together, a natural grafting known as inosculation. Sir Walter Scott brought the technique back to popularity in England when he described such a fence in The Fortunes of Nigel. // Great Gardens & Ideas //
Another great way to grow potatoes! I'd like to try this one, reed fencing, tomato cage, rebar, a single layer of compost and rice straw in the bottom, topped only with rice straw as the potatoes grow. It WILL take a lot of watering, but might give a much better harvest.