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What to plant to shade my run, any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Silverduck, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. Silverduck

    Silverduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens have some shade, but it is so hot in Alabama, I was thinking of planting something safe that would spread over the wire to make more shade for them. Can anyone think of anything that would grow quickly and be safe in case they nibble on it?
     
  2. Jacky'sMamma

    Jacky'sMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Potato vines grow like crazy!
     
  3. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    how about tomatos?
     
  4. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    Honeysuckle or trumpet vine? Only problem with trumpet vine is once you plant it, it's there forever and might be difficult to get rid of. Passion vine? Clematis?
     
  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    If you want something that grows QUICK and spreads massively with huge leaves for maximum shade, then I highly recommend a KIWI...
    of everything I have it is the most suitable for what you are wanting (shade) and there are self pollinating hybrids if you want fruit. Watch out...two plants will be more than sufficient!
     
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  6. chickenclarence

    chickenclarence New Egg

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    Pole beans are the first thing that comes to my mind... but I am going to try Malabar. I will try to let you know how that works out. ~:>
     
  7. Silverduck

    Silverduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where would you purchase the KIWI? Does it come as a plant or seed to plant? I haven't seen one in Alabama. Thanks, Sandy
     
  8. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hops vine is quite good. it grows like crazy (you can actually see it growing on warm days) and has huge leaves for a nice dappled shade. it's also interesting to look at and has a beery smell. [​IMG]
     
  9. dogzrule5

    dogzrule5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hummingbird Vine (cypress vine) grows super fast, reseeds itself and the hummingbirds love it!

    You can find packets of seeds where other seeds are sold.
     
  10. GallowayFarms

    GallowayFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    plant some good ole green beans. They have a big leaf and spread well too. cucumber plants also work well. and cheap.

    Good Luck

    Nick
     

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