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Fruit bushes/trees to make a living fence?

Posted by on Friday 26 November 2010 in growing | 3 comments

I’ve just posted this question over at UKVegGardeners but thought I’d post it here too – all suggestions very gratefully received!

I’ve not really grown any fruit before but have big plans for 2011 (don’t we all?).

As well as getting some (currently on order) trees in and containers of soft berries etc, I’ve had an idea to kill two birds with one stone. We need a new divider between our garden and our neighbours – there hasn’t been a fence up to now but I want to discourage our dog & chickens from wandering over there – and we’d presumed we’d fit a paling wooden one.

But as there is a narrow bed where the fence will go, I’m wondering if rather than a boring wooden fence, whether we could use fruit bushes/trees to grow a living fence/mini hedgerow.

The row gets a decent amount of light but not full south-facing sunlight. We could easily “lose” 3ft or so to bushes, but the neighbours side would have to be
kept quite neat.

Any suggestions for things we could plant to achieve such a thing?

(One thing: there are a bajillion – I counted – blackberry bushes in the field on the other side of our house, so we’d rather avoid those if possible.)

Any ideas?


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  1. jan

    Hi Louisa
    just to let you know that Sarah Raven has half price fruit bushes on offer, bulbs too-you could plant a half-price hedge with the added bonus of spring flowering bulbs underneath!

  2. john b

    Do you want some gooseberry and josta berry cuttings? cos now is the the time to be taking them and i need to prune mine (jostaberries are very thorny so might be a problem if your neighbours have to prune their side too also they grow like mad)


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