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Trevor Voscinar
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Im in central florida. About 15 from the coast and like 40 something odd miles north of tampa .My soils pretty sandy so i will probably be dropping wood down into the soil most likely for a hugelkulture effect but ive been looking into living fences for a while now and the bulk of what i read in searching is either way way way north of me or in the uk. When i was 10 i used tovhear wild bob whites out here and hace heard that the disappearance of hedge rows from farm lands was partially why thwyve started dissapearing. That combined with the fact that the attle fence is starting to need major repair and my resources are limited i thought id turn to an atyemt at hedgerows. Id prefer if the had another purpose like bearing sum sort of food for my family or at least the ecoaystem but maybe thats too much to ask. If any one has sum input for my neck of the woods itd be greatly appreciated
 
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Look into "Natal Plum"

They are a semi tropical plant (can't handle freezing weather) that grows into a dense, attractive and virtually impenetrable hedge.  In a climate like yours they will produce pretty white blooms almost year round and small red, edible fruit.
 
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Thank tou i will look into it. I sit in a lil cold pockey tho. Sometimea we do froat or freeze. Last year there was like one day where is hit 22 and. A couple days at 28. For the most part we dont. But there usually is a rabdom freeze in there unfortubately. Its wierd cause were like a lil colder than all around us in winter but a lil hotter in summer. That could work with lots of conpost to generate heat tho maybe.
 
Daniel Schmidt
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Pete Kanaris GreenDreams YouTube Channel is something that I came across somewhere on these forums around two months ago. He is in a location not too far from your (North of Tampa). My property is similar, but on the east coast, so I find a lot of the information he shares very helpful. He started producing a lot more videos recently and I really enjoy the upbeat and information dense nature of his videos. Given how close he is to your location, you might be able to meet up with him to learn more and find local resources for seeds, plants, or other goods.
 
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If you're in a cold pocket, would hawthorn work for you? That stuff makes the craziest living hedges!
 
Peter VanDerWal
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Trevor Voscinar wrote:Thank tou i will look into it. I sit in a lil cold pockey tho. Sometimea we do froat or freeze. Last year there was like one day where is hit 22 and. A couple days at 28.


I just checked and Natal Plums can survive temps down to 23 F, perhaps a bit lower once they are established.

FWIW it grows well in sandy areas, it originally comes from coastal areas (sand dunes) in Africa.  It can also tolerate relatively high levels of salt, although that's probably not an issue for you.
 
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Alas. Sorry for typos...work.lol once im out ima def check out that youtube channel. Thanks for the input everone i actually have sum hawthornes and love how they actract the bees like crazy but i was looking for sumthing that might bear fruit or sum other use. That natal plum is looking promising wikipedia says it contains latex? I wonder if thats extractable in any way. Either way your right i may be a lil too fearful of freezes i know once testablished i have seen many plants survive that arnt supposed to once their nice and thick. And i will def check out that youtube channel.
 
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