What to grow on a bank in full sun?

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Mazzie

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What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« on: February 14, 2011, 22:05 »
I have a slight bank at the back of my plot, originally i was going to put the compost bin, water butt etc there but its in full sun and theres a 6 foot fence behind so good for support as it can be a wind tunnel. 

However ive had a bit of a weed and under the rubbish and stones the soil is actually quite good compared to the clay everywhere else.  It seems a shame to waste what could be a feature.  Ive got places (well i will have if i get on and do it!) for beans and peas etc so need some ideas for other veg or fruit that like a bank to grow along but need full sun pretty much all day long. 

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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2011, 22:45 »
How about some butternut squash? They'll scramble all over it and like warmth

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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011, 02:02 »
sweetcorn perhaps?
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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2011, 02:17 »
How about some butternut squash? They'll scramble all over it and like warmth

I think that's a good idea - it would help with ripening no end.  ;)

Depending on how much rain / sun we get this year it might be a good site for onions perhaps?  :unsure:
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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2011, 09:47 »
I hadnt thought about sweetcorn (im a newbie it scares me :lol: ) it might be worth a try though.  Would squash not dry out too quickly?  I had a butternut last year with my marrows and literally got 1 squash off it despite copious daily drenchings i will look into it though thanks.

Ive no idea about onions ive stayed away from them as i dont really eat many and they are so cheap in shops with a tiny plot they seem pointless

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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2011, 10:54 »
Strawberries. Or there was a technique used in gardens years ago where banks were created to tilt ground towards what sun there was in early spring just to ensure early salad crops -- so that could be worth a try. If really warm then in addition to courgette, squash etc try outdoor melons. or early potatoes.
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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2011, 12:38 »
I would go with a grape vine or two personally.

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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2011, 18:18 »
Mediterranean herbs
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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2011, 20:45 »
i instantly thought of sweetcorn and squash plant  :)
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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2011, 20:51 »
Grapes :)
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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2011, 23:41 »
Grapes :)

Grapes... Just think. Laying back on the bank in the summer sun picking fresh grapes straight from the vine.

There's lovely.  ;)

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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2011, 08:10 »
Strawberries.

That was my first thought as they love a slope in full sun :D :D

Although sweetcorn does sound like a good option :)
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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2011, 08:29 »
My initial thought was 'tanned'. The thought of laying in the sun on a bank sounds fab. :D

But mediterranean herbs sounds a good idea. And the squashes. ;)
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Re: What to grow on a bank in full sun?
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2011, 08:34 »
It would need plenty of water, but do you think melons would like a fill sun slope?



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