The beauty of a wrought iron fence can be multiplied many times over with some climbing vines. You can even find vines that produce edible harvests in addition to their gorgeous greenery. You can plant a mix of edible vine varieties or line your fence in just one type. Here are four vines that will beautifully accent your wrought iron fence line.
With more than 5,000 varieties of grape vines on the market today, you're sure to find a favorite among the bunch. Grapes produced on these vines are suitable for eating, cooking or making wine. Each grape type requires specific conditions to flourish. Most varieties of grapes need a nice combination of rich soil with a neutral pH, rocks for drainage and full sun.
Wrap the beginning vines around the posts on your fence to convince them to follow the wrought iron upward. The vines will quickly wrap themselves around the top of the fence by the first year. The vines will go dormant in the fall and begin the growth process anew in the spring.
When growing wild, blackberry vines are often considered a nuisance. The truth is, with a little pruning to keep it in control, blackberry vines can beautifully accent your fence line and provide baskets of luscious berries.
You can take cuttings from a wild blackberry vine to start the growing process along your fencing. Plant each cutting at the bottom of the fence post to create an easily controlled structure. Keep the soil around the cuttings moist until the vines start to grow up the fence on their own accord. With blackberries, you just want them to soak up as much sun as possible throughout the day to produce big yields of berries.
The vanilla vine naturally climbs up trees in search of bright sunlight and ample rainfall. You can harness this natural ability by planting vanilla vines right along your fence. These vines grow incredibly fast to reach the top of trees before the flowering season. As a result, you'll see the vines reach the top of your fence in just a few months time. From there, you can wrap the vines back down another post or along the top edge of your fence.
To help this plant thrive, use nutrient dense soil filled with perlite to dramatically increase drainage. Also, provide the vines with extra plant food full of nutrients once a month. These vines will not produce any vanilla beans for the first three years. After that, you can enjoy a large harvest of beans by March. Pick and dry the beans to preserve them for years to come.
Cherry tomato vines are fast, growing undemanding plants suitable for beginners or those with a busy lifestyle. You can plant these vines from seed and completely forget about them without hindering the growth cycle.
For the best harvest, it's important to make sure the soil is peppered with plant food made specifically for tomato vines. In addition, you should water your vines only after the soil stays dry for a day or two as drought conditions increase the sweetness of your tomatoes. Try to situate the plants in full sun condition to bump up the sugar content even more.
Choosing Your Foliage
Consider your climate, sun exposure, soil type and personal preferences during the vine selection process. Each type of vine needs a specific combination of elements to thrive and produce bountiful harvests. Your love for the fruit, vegetables or spices grown on the vines also comes into play, since you'll need to dispatch the big yields at the end of the growing season. If you fall in love with the appearance of a particular vine, but not the produce, consider giving away the yield to friends, family or neighbors at the end of the growing season. Your food bank might also accept donations from your edible plants if you have excess available.Share