Along the property line between us and our neighbors, the previous owners put in a very solid cement wall. We’ve been taking advantage of this by using it to support trellises, wires for raspberries, and as the back of our compost pile.
In the picture on the left, you can see the two white grape vines which I weeded this morning. In front of the vines is the children’s dirt pile. Unfortunately, frequent tilling of the dirt pile to keep the weeds in check is causing erosion of the dirt around the grapevines.
As one of this year’s projects, we’re going to install the cinder blocks to reinforce the soil. Then we’ll put down layers of newspaper to block weeds and cover the layers with leaf mulch. This year I may plant some bush beans around the grapes as temporary ground cover. Next spring, I think we’ll put in ground cover raspberries which only grow about 6 inches high. We’ll have a living mulch that produces fruit. How cool is that!
I found a short guide on landscaping shrubs that focuses mainly on fruiting plants: Hartmann’s Plant Company Guide