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?