Edible Hedge Plants

Edible Hedge Plants

If you have a huge garden, planting some edible hedge plants as the border of the field can bring you a lot of benefits. You can use them to protect your privacy or feed some wildlife or your livestock using these natural nutritious fruits. Also, you and your family can enjoy the delicious fruits as well. The edible fruits are good natural food for animals and they are totally beneficial to the environment. As hedging plants, they are growing rapidly and form a microclimate for the tiny and tender plants inside the garden.

Before planting any hedging plants for your garden, you need to do a thorough research beforehand. Actually, you have a number of options including trees, shrubs, grasses, herbs etc. If your garden is relatively small, big hedging fruits or nut trees are not a good choice due to its ponderous size. Big trees usually have big root system which can extend to a spread several times larger than its crown. In this case, some smaller sized fruit trees like dogwood or crabapple trees can be considered. They can grow happily in a small garden and they are totally compatible with other plants in the same garden as well. On the other hand, if your garden has a large size to suit for some big trees, some native fruit or nut trees like oaks and pecan trees can be a good option. You can also choose some non-native trees like pear or apple trees as long as they are compatible with other plants.

Lots of gardeners like to choose shrubs as their hedging plants. If you have a similar plan with them, you can go to the local nurseries to pick up some native or non-native shrubs such as berry family trees, hazelnut, wild plum, aronia trees etc. Although you are planning to build an edible hedge for your garden, you can still mix some non-edible ornamental plants like wild flowers, landscaping grasses and groundcover plants along with the edible ones. For those edible plants, the most important feature should be their fruits and hedging functionalities. However, some other functionalities can also be considered like wind protection, privacy protection etc.

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