|Re: Enclosed "outdoorsy" spaces||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Shava Nerad (shavanetwork-services.uoregon.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 14:17:53 -0600|
One of the dreams I have for this is doing some edible landscaping in the process of designing walkways -- this is a common mediterranean answer to hot sunny summers, tho it doesn't do much for us in the Pacific Northwest during our bleak and drippy winters -- probably you could modify for rain- shelter too...? Anyway, the idea is that you put together a lattice of arbor supports over walkways between buildings and run vines on them. These could be perennials like climbing roses, grapes, hops, kiwis -- or annuals (at least in zone 6!) like Scarlet Emperor running beans (a very tasty, high protien green bean, with showy scarlet flowers), bitter melon, and other twining melons and such. In the summer, the leaves not only provide shade, but evaporation from the leaf surfaces can produce a 15-20 degree (F) cooler temperature under the canopy. Robert Kourik and Rosalinde Creasy (hope I'm spelling those right!) both have great books on edible landscaping, tho I found (when I was living on the east coast) that they were a bit skewed toward west coast climates. Shava Nerad shava [at] efn.org
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