As winter is the best time to plant bare-rooted fruit and berry trees I have decided to place an order for 3 Hazel , 1 Crab apple, 5 Sloes and 1 Cherry plum this should be enough for a 4 metre hedge.
My hedging plants arrived today, I am not sure what I was expecting, but they do seem rather spindly. I think they are called 'whips'. They should be planted in a double staggered row which should produce a thick hedge than can be easily maintained
This is my hedge - doesn't look much does it. The crab apple will take approx. 5 years to produce fruit, the others a little less - so this is really a long-term venture, but with a little luck and a following wind, I should have a viable windbreak - eventually!