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Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 06 2:00 pm    Post subject: Hedges  Reply with quote    

We're looking to split our garden in two, one half for cultivation, one half for kiddy winks.

We're going to do post and wire, about 4ft high, quite narrow gaps between the wires, maybe 6" or less and want to grow a variety of plants up it.

Thoughts so far are a vine, some honeysuckle, and perhaps some fruits.

It's function will be as a barrier, but we also want it to be good for wildlife, potentially for bees, and to provide foodstuffs too. We just have to accept that the side where the kids are, will get hit by footballs etc, but that's not a problem, as the other side will be fine, and will be the sunniest bit anyway.

Any suggestions?

pookie



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 06 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

what about a thornless blackberry? we planted one and by the 2nd year we picked over 30lbs of fruit! easy to pick without the thorns and safe for kids and footballs!

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 06 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Or hazel - amazingly useful stuff - peasticks and beansticks, which I resent buying when the hedges are full of them.

These people have a whole range of hedging plants, for pennies in some cases and for good bulk discounts. They do all kinds of mixes - native, evergreen, flowering, thorny - even edible.

http://www.bucknur.com/acatalog/index.html

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 06 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
These people have a whole range of hedging plants, for pennies in some cases and for good bulk discounts. They do all kinds of mixes - native, evergreen, flowering, thorny - even edible.

http://www.bucknur.com/acatalog/index.html


We're lucky enough to have tons of both hazel and blackberries growing wild on the doorstep, but there are some great ideas on that link WW

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 06 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i have post and wire seperating the dogs from the vegetables....

i have thornless blackberry and also grapes...........gone bananas this year.....loadsa bunches

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 06 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mmm grapes - that would be good. Is there any particular variety that would do well? Fairly sunny area, not too protected yet, but will be, as the fruit trees the other side of the garden get a bit bigger.

Nanny



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 06 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

can't rmemeber the variety - yes i can it's a thurn something, a white grape...the one next to it is a black one - a homberg i think it is.......the row faces down the garden to the southwest'ish and after a slow coupel of years, it has come on leaps and bounds

i pruned it in the early spring according to the book that i have and do little else

i know that they like well drained soil, the ones back home grow on the sides of the hills in very poor soil with lots of shale in it and little else so i tried to replicate that by digging a big hole and filling it will lots of stones before i put in the compost and the vine

seems to have worked...............

i shall certainly be thinking about having a vine when i get to wales.....

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 06 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Grapes will take easily from cuttings and sometimes can be found cheaply in places like Homebase in early spring. So too can Kiwi fruit, I picked mine up for 3-4 and it's flowered every year, no fruit set though (it should have been self fertile but it must be shy). The plants can grow very strongly and can be treated like a grape, leaves turn red in Autumn and look quite nice.

If you have too many blackberries what about some of the hybid berries (Bosenberry, loganberry, Tayberry or something more exotic?), some only have a few thorns.

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 06 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rosa canina, rosemary, bay, espaliered apples/pears (a 4-5 yr project to get some really good shape and fruit)

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