we have a shared property line on our west with a neighbor. They are planting on their side a lot of mixed evergreens, spruce, hemlock, pine, etc in a zig zag pattern along the fence. This is going to all be WEST of me which will make a great windbreak as it grows up..and it will likely touch or hang over our 42" high picket fence when it is full grown.
right now i have been TRYING to plant things along my side of the fence there for years..but it was harsh windy area and things just died. There are a couple scraggly white pines still alive on the south end of this seciton of fence..(about a 100 ' long section here)..and 20' east of this is my food forest garden that I've been working on, North is woods.
I do plan to keep a corridor wide enough along this area to get a tractor and truck through and as a deer run.
my west border of my food forest so far has some wild plum, blackberry, raspberry and sweet chestnut babies, along a second layer of picket fencing..there is 20' of weedy lawn trail between the two picket fences.
I would like to have some plants on MY side of the fence, but they will have to be plants that will withstand the eventual shade from the west of the evergreens and some on the south from the few white pines that are there (if they survive).
this is a sandy kind of soil that is not improved at all, and there are a few wild raspberries that come up along the fenceline.
i had thought about possibly some moutain ash, service berry, buffalo berry, paw paw, hawthorne, goumi and maybe other members of that family like russian or autumn olive..but would they withstand the shade that the pines will eventually cast from the west?
I really would appreciate input on this as I would like to get some planting done fairly soon there so it has a chance to grow..thanks.