Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thinking About Hedgerows

After watching Victorian Farm and River Cottage I have been super excited about creating an edible hedgerow around our property.  While searching through the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, I came across this book;


The book has several plans for edible landscapes as well as individual pages dedicated to each fruit-bearing plant she suggests using.  The book contains all the standard fruit trees as well as some that one wouldn't immediately consider such as;  Juneberry, Lingonberry, Maypop, Mulberry and Seaberry.

I have a flowering quince in my backyard which I want to remove.  Before I do that I'm going to take about 20 cuttings from it to make new plants for my hedgerow.   A densely planted hedge should keep my animals in and wild animals, particularly deer, out .  In addition, it will provide lots of fruit for canning. 

I also came across this photo in the book which I love.


It's an espaliered currant bush.  I think I'm going to do this all around my vegetable garden.  With the currant raised up like that I can easily plant  something else underneath it. Strawberries perhaps?

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    Lingon berry or Fox Berry as I grew up calling it is my absolute favourite berry, it's like a raspberry cranberry cross~ so delicious,unfortunately they don't do well in my neck of the woods,good thing I have a couple cranberry bog to substitute.
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