- Full sun
- Very good, dark loam which floods during the winter potentially up to a couple feet deep
- Water table is ~9' during the summer, would be great to have something with a deep tap root and wouldn't need any (or minimal) water in the summer once established
- Technically in a 9a Zone, but the aforementioned area is at the bottom of a slope, receives a bit cooler air than a typical 9a
- Length is ~200'
I was considering planting a couple chandler walnuts along the fence line, but worried that it would ultimately root out (I've read they spread up to 150') and minimize my options for other parts of the field.
Appreciate any suggestions!
Jim Fry wrote:I would be careful about autumn olive. Great plant, good to eat berries, ...but the birds also like it and so it spreads ALOT. Also, it grows so fast that you really have to keep up with keeping it trimmed back. Otherwise, it'll get tall and leggy fast.
Jim, people keep telling me that, and I keep hoping, but it doesn't happen here. Every year I find tons of mulberry volunteers from the birds, but I have never found a volunteer autumn olive. Somewhere warmer may have more problem with them being invasive, I don't know. I have to take cuttings to propagate mine. I have started pruning my new ones more to keep them bushier.
Salmonberries--pokey, but not as much as himalayan blackberry. Berries ripen before anything else, even strawberries. A little...sour? and watery but defintely edible and easy to pick. We eat a bunch because they ripen before any of the tastier berries. Spread easily. Can be managed by mowing the edge of the hedge. Get past 10 feet tall after a few years.
Nettles: Delicious veggies. We loved them cooked and tea. They do sting uncooked, though!
Elderberry: Likes the wet! Red elderberry especially does, but is harder to process to make edible.
Thimbleberries: Get 8+ feet tall. Might not do well if you get too hot/sunny/dry in the summer. Delicious velvety berries. Not thorny! Spreads well. I did water these.
Serviceberries: Like it wet, make blueberry like berries.
Aronia: Likes it wet, very antioxidant rich berries. 6+ feet tall.
Blackcap Raspberries: Also like it wet, and will get 8 feet tall, especially if supported. Very antioxidant rich and delicious.
Josta Berry: My mom has this plant. Her's is like 10 feet tall. Pretty sure she doesn't water it, and that it can handle wet conditions.
I'm constructing a hedge with blackcurrant, autumn raspberry, blackberry, large stinging nettle, wild strawberry, hawthorn, blackthorn, redcurrant, lemon balm, Geum urbanum, ....
I hope to add wild roses and hazel. I've currantly no water issues but that may change - several trees near that part of the garden are ill (fungus) and dying. Once they no longer evaporate, the winter groundwatertable may rise. In anticipation i am raising the groundlevel there about 0,2 m while lowering it elsewhere. It's not a swale/ridge as described elsewhere on this site but the idea is similar.
Stinging nettles good for soup and tea also give us liquid fertilizer, fibre, dy, medicine, etc.... Oh and they keep out some berry snatchers. Hawthorn gives goed berries for jam, sirups, etc... Flowers and leaf for tea (good for the hart). Blackthorn i love for its tart berries that can be used to make liquor. The leaves are used in tea. Both blackthorn and hawthorn can be used to hedge and keep out (or in) both humans and animals. Those plants are verry good to give a strong structure to your hedge (read on the battle of the bocage - http://www.dday-overlord.com/eng/bocage_war.htm).
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