It started last weekend.
There is a small patch/ edge of woodland on the southern side of the market garden – planted about 30 years ago as a windbreak. Last year we felled a row of Italian alders which had been planted as a hedgerow with hawthorn. After 30 years they were shading out too much of the growing area. We laid the hawthorn into a neat Shropshire hedge and that’s doing fine.
Behind the hedge there were about ten larches – planted as a nurse for the slower hardwoods, mostly oak. But they had been neglected – like the field – and had come to tower far too tall, casting shade and shedding needles all over the vegetables. They had done their job – time to give the hardwoods some light and air. And we could use some suitable timber for a couple of building projects here – compost toilets and improvements to the truck. So, for all sorts of good reasons, it was time to cut them down and put them to better use. It was also a good incentive to clear the tangle of accumulated brash and rampant brambles – and create a dead hedge wildlife habitat boundary to the recreational path. All that to open up the area and give more warming sunshine to the beehives and some clear space for some more hazel coppice.
So that’s what we started last weekend … felled the larches (with not too much collateral damage to the Shropshire hedge). Then we snedded them and built the dead hedge. Or at least a lot of it.
We are doing more of it today.
We are also planting out gooseberries (rescued) and redcurrants (one-year old rooted cuttings) into the fruit foraging border.
Surprising how that takes us all day!
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