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Post  janetgouvas on 4/25/2011, 11:08 am

I was just wondering if I could plant a living fence (sort of) on two sides of my compost pile. It is just a pile that I keep throwing stuff onto and turning over from time to time. It is up against a block wall and otherwise open to view. It seems to be doing ok but I'de like for it not to be so, well, visible. I don't want any notices I from the HOA to clean up my yard. I thought sunflowers might work. Inner row of tall ones and outer row of shorter ones. Is this a completely stupid idea? I haven't been able to buy or make a compost bin to contain it yet so I just leave it open.
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Post  camprn on 4/25/2011, 11:09 am

@janetgouvas wrote:I was just wondering if I could plant a living fence (sort of) on two sides of my compost pile. It is just a pile that I keep throwing stuff onto and turning over from time to time. It is up against a block wall and otherwise open to view. It seems to be doing ok but I'de like for it not to be so, well, visible. I don't want any notices I from the HOA to clean up my yard. I thought sunflowers might work. Inner row of tall ones and outer row of shorter ones. Is this a completely stupid idea? I haven't been able to buy or make a compost bin to contain it yet so I just leave it open.
It is a VERY GOOD IDEA!!!! Very Happy
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Post  Miss M on 4/25/2011, 11:44 am

Prettying up something, even if only for your own enjoyment, is never a stupid idea!

Add in trying to keep the HOA at bay, and you've got a very good idea! Cool
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Post  Old Hippie on 4/25/2011, 12:11 pm

Go for it. I plant sunflowers between my compost bin and the fence so it is not as visible from the street. On the side facing the yard, I plant sweet peas. It is nice to have it look pretty.

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Post  janetgouvas on 4/25/2011, 4:26 pm

Thanks all for the incouragement. Sigh---I feel better now. Smile
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Post  Barkie on 4/25/2011, 7:07 pm

@janetgouvas wrote:Thanks all for the incouragement. Sigh---I feel better now. Smile

Good. I don't know what HOA stands for but it sounds something like a Conservation Area which I'm in. I would like a Fedge a woven living fence but since I can't have willow I'm using a bit of old wooden trellis I had lying around and planting nice traditional sweetpeas and hollyhocks and some not so olde-worlde cottage garden sunflowers in front of it instead. I think I have a self-seeded foxglove to go there too. If you can rig up a frame of stakes/ fenceposts and wire climbing beans and climbing nasturtiums?
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Post  Furbalsmom on 4/25/2011, 9:35 pm

Barkie, HOA is Home Owners Association. In most areas, the purpose is to make sure everyone keeps their property in good repair, with landscaping that is neat and orderly so that everyone can retain good property values.

Sometimes they are very tight in what is allowed, things like the color of your home, the materials approved for siding and sometimes even if the siding is verticle or horizontal as well as the color of your door.

Some place restrictions on the types of plants that can be in your yard, the types of plant containers allowed and where they are placed.

In my opinion HOA's have their place, but you need to know what the restrictions are before you move in.
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