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New Hedge

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Sharron

Sharron Report 3 Apr 2013 10:41

I have ordered an edible hedge from the internet and now look forward to being a goat (shut up Wend!).

The leggy old privett has had it's day,it was there when we moved in in 1964 so we thought we would have one that earned it's keep. I think it consists of hazel, blackthorn, cherry plum, wild pear and, well, elder. Not too sure about growing my own elder bushes or,indeed ,paying for elder, but I have also ordered a crab apple and will maybe get some Chilean guavas to go in it.

Oh the culinary future looks bright, twig pie,stick soup.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 3 Apr 2013 10:48

I think stick insects eat privet if you don't want to waste the leaves you have........

New hedge sounds great, but how do you stop elder bolting skywards? We have a tree which has grown from a berry dropped by a passing bird.
I WILL make cordial this year when it blooms.

Gwyn

+++DetEcTive+++

+++DetEcTive+++ Report 3 Apr 2013 10:51

That's sounds really interesting. You'll have such fun concocting meals in the years to come. You never know - Fred might even be around to help you harvest the fruit ;-)

Sharron

Sharron Report 3 Apr 2013 10:58

I don't think the elder will go in .As far as I am concerned it is a weed.

The Chilean guava is from the James Wong collection in the Sutton's catalogue. This all looks very interesting but there is a photograph of him and my brain has crossed wires or something because all the writing goes into my head in Michael MacKintyre's voice and I can't quite take it seriously.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 3 Apr 2013 11:39

Ooh I wouldn't plant elder, when we had it we spent years getting rid of the stuff. But the rest sounds interesting.

Paula+

Paula+ Report 3 Apr 2013 12:54

It's surprising what you make a sausage out of :-D

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 3 Apr 2013 13:17

privet burns very nicely when green - you could set fire to the privet - saves cutting it down :-D

I'm just off out to continue demolishing a bay tree which is as high as the house!!

Merlin

Merlin Report 3 Apr 2013 13:22

Did,nt know Sharron had a" Hedge Fund" :-D :-D :-D Must be nice to be Rich. :-D :-D ;-)

Wend

Wend Report 3 Apr 2013 13:59

:-D @ Merlin.

I agree about elder Ann. I consider it to be a weed and I too have spent much time over the years getting rid of it from my garden. The place for elder is in the countryside imo.

Your hedge sounds right tasty Sharron. :-D

Merlin

Merlin Report 3 Apr 2013 14:02

Should Plant some Liquorice Wood,help to keep moving if needed. :-D :-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 3 Apr 2013 17:30

:-D :-D @ Merlin.

LollyWithSprinklez

LollyWithSprinklez Report 3 Apr 2013 17:41

Think you are right regarding the Elder, we had a large one in the garden and whilst it was lovely to add the flowers to pancakes etc it was beset with black-fly every spring, it had to go!!

The hedge sounds lovely :-D

Sharron

Sharron Report 3 Apr 2013 18:51

I would get expert help with that bay tree. Had to get a digger in to remove the root of the one I had cut down at the bottom of the garden.