Garden Boundaries That Look Great & Taste Amazing!

[Music] Hello! Now the transition from summer to
winter is a time of glorious abundance. From fruit trees groaning with apples to
hedges laden with nuts and berries, at this time of year
nature’s pantry is fully stocked. You can enjoy this plenty at home too
by planting edible garden boundaries and hedges that serve up lots of tasty things to pick. In this video we’ll go through just some of the ideas to
help you tap into nature’s bounty. Edible boundaries aren’t just attractive, they
are a boon for local wildlife and great for us gardeners, promising lots of
fruits and nuts – ideal for filling pies, making country wines, and as a source of
ingredients for all manner of jams, jellies, chutneys, and other store
cupboard treats. Autumn is a great time to plant new trees, shrubs and fruiting canes, or you can wait till spring if winters are severe where you garden. Fruit trees trained to hug walls or fences
are a great place to start your edible odyssey. Fruits such as apples, peaches and pears may be grown as fans, (where the branches
radiate out from a central trunk) as espaliers with parallel branches, or single-stemmed cordons which will enable you
to grow lots of different varieties in a smaller area. Walls that face the midday and afternoon sun will
help to ripen fruits to perfection. Prioritize the sunniest surfaces for
warmth lovers such as figs. There’s a fruit tree for every situation – even step-over trees to frame
squat picket fences like this. Trees can also be trained along freestanding
post and wire supports so you can use them to divide up areas within your garden
while enjoying their luscious juicy fruits. Some fruits, including grapevines, love to sprawl. Provide them with strong, sturdy supports and they’ll
soon cover a boundary wall with spectacular speed. Grow your own grapes,
then try your hand at winemaking! Kiwi fruits are another rapid rambler. If you only have space for one kiwi, plant a self-fertile
variety to guarantee the delicious fruits. Many plants producing berries or currants
form naturally unwieldy shrubs or unruly thickets of canes, but these too
may be trained to sit snug against a wall. From fan-trained redcurrants to wall-hugging blackberries, choose wisely and your edible boundaries
can be a well-ordered joy. Did you know, for example, there are
completely thornless varieties of blackberry or that the humble blackberry
is the parent of many different hybrid berries, such as this gorgeous loganberry. Many of these fruits can be found in our
Garden Planner. Simply select ‘Fruit and Nuts’ from the
drop-down menu, then scroll through the selection bar until you find what
you’re after. Select the plant then drop it into position. The gray-colored areas surrounding the plant
shows the space it needs so you can see exactly how many plants you can fit in
without overcrowding. For more unusual fruits, select one of the generic
fruit types – bush or trellised – then double-click on it to bring up this box. You can then
select a variety from the drop-down list, or create your own variety, customizing
its spacing if required. To truly mimic nature’s seasonal bounty, try planting an
edible hedge. Many autumn-cropping shrubs may be planted to create
a varied and beautiful hedge. Include a rowan (mountain ash) for its
Vitamin C-rich berries that can be used to make a fine jelly to accompany meats. Plant a rambling rose or two for their rosehips, or elder for both its flowers and
berries that are prized by home winemakers. Hazel is useful for both its
nuts and stems, which can be used for making
plant supports and for wicker hurdles. And don’t forget crab apples, which are
rich in pectin so great for jam-making. If your hedge needs to keep out animals
(or people) grow spiny blackthorn, which produces dusky sloes – the key ingredient to
that warming winter tipple, sloe gin. Or how about hawthorn for its fresh new
leaves and flowers, a pretty springtime salad-topper and its end of season berries –
great in a satisfying fruit leather. Match hedgerow plants with
similar growing habits and pruning requirements so that one species doesn’t
become over dominant. Young transplants may need watering in during their first
year to help them establish. These are just a few ideas to help make
the edges to your garden every bit as productive as all the fruits and
vegetables growing within it. Now if you’ve got any other ideas for edible
hedgerow plants or boundary fruits please let us know about them in the
comments section below. And if you’ve enjoyed this video be sure to subscribe so we can let you know every time we upload a new video. I’ll catch you next
time. [Music]

19 thoughts on “Garden Boundaries That Look Great & Taste Amazing!

  1. Blueberries required acidic soil. My garden soil is not, but the solution was Saskatoon Berries. They are doing well and are a great blueberry substitute.

  2. A "few" tips. Haha what an understatement. I don't know where to start when I actually get my garden! Thank for all the quality videos.

  3. Elk would eat anything not inside a fence. My yard is fenced, but they can see where they can land and come on in.

  4. Joel Evertson, the nursery man who sold me a blueberry bush told me to put coffee grounds on top of the soil to make it acidic. Works great!

  5. I have 35 foot privacy hedge made up of Duke, Northern Crop, and Patriot blueberry bushes. I shudder to think of the day we will need to replace those 6' and 7' bushes. I have such a wealth of them that we sell, eat, can and freely share with the birds and chipmunks.

  6. Any suggestion for a freestanding location. My house faces south and I'd love to start using the front yard a little more for edible things. It's a very small lot but the western side is where I'd love to put a border. My neighbor on that side has no grass just very large trees that drop 1000's of acorns on my yard each year. With that I'd love to put a natural border up to keep the leaves on his side of the line and if I'm going to do that why not make it edible. Don't want it too wide either.

  7. Hey Guys,

    I would love to hear your opinion on Quince. I have a shrub out front that was there when I bought the house. I noticed some fruit the first year but not since. It is very thorny and thick. I'm thinking I should thin the shrub for best productivity.

  8. I do have one more question about Espalier that has several parts. I have 8 foot of space. I want to give it a try with a Belgian fence, using 5 trees. This would actually be against my house. Is that advisable? I have a concrete foundation with a basement that goes down about 6 feet below where I am planting the trees. From the little homework I have done to date, I will do a lot more, it looks like using dwarf trees is the way to go. I know that some apple trees need different species or varieties for best propagation. Could I put in 2 plum trees with 3 apple trees, using a different variety of apple for each? Or, should I just do apple trees? Do you have a suggestion for the variety of trees that are good for the Northeast US for a first-time fruit tree grower? I am in New Jersey and our climate zone has been changed from 6B to 7. I would still plant for 6B to be safe. As I said before, my house is cement. In order to create the structure of a Belgian fence, I thought I would anchor 2"x4" studs on the house and run a wire from the studs for controlling the shape. How much support will the trees need to get the desired effect? I apologize for the lengthy question.

  9. Growing vegetables in the tropics can be a challenge but I like to try lots of plants in our 'winter' and 'spring' . The summers in the dry tropics can be a drought or a very humid climate. This is where the challenges lie due to unpredictable humidity.

  10. I tried Greengages from the supermarket for the first time last week. Very nice! Have you tried growing them? Good for a hedge?

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