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Someday this will be a double hedge or tunnel hedge.

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It is still good weather for planting more trees – wet and not too cold. The seedlings where dug up in the spring and potted, so that the roots could develop during the summer and fall. They almost never have any trouble surviving the winter and getting rooted in time for the dry weather in spring and summer.

This year I’ve planted at least 50 trees. Many kinds of fruit and nuts, shade trees and wind breaks. The hedges have a mix of just about any large growing tree I can find. The more variety the better.

The weather appears to be turning colder. Autumn is ending, and winter is coming on.

I found some more plants on sale last week, so in an end of season effort I planted 12 more trees and bushes completing one end of the hedge.

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With frost holding firm, I got the second crop circle done – the clay soil turned over, ditching improved and leaves spread over the turned soil.

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But not without plenty of rest in the ‘bus stop’.

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Look what came out of the woodwork!

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We’ve seen the mother several times this spring. Now she has come out with her babies (as many as 8 have been sighted). And they are not shy.

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This is another good result for my unsightly piles of reclaimed lumber, other building material, leaves and just plain junk. The hedgehogs love to nest under wood piles and such. I’m also in the process of growing a long double hedge to to the west as a wind break and wildlife refuge. I hope they like it.

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It is an eclectic mix of all sorts of bushes, trees and vines that will provide shade, wind protection, flowers, nectar, fruits and nuts. It needs a lot of watering in this dry weather we are having now. I won’t be satisfied till it’s about 4 meters high.

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The hedgerow

I’ve been working on this hedge for 5 years now, and it’s going slow, but it’s starting to take root. We get a lot of wind mostly blowing from the west, so I’ve been planting trees and bushes along the western edge of the garden as a windbreak.

I could never afford to buy a full grown hedge, so I dig up seedings whenever and where ever I find them, plant them in pots to get them going and then plant them out along the hedge row in the fall.

This hedge is a mix of any hedge plant I find interesting – hazel, lilac, maples, rowen, oak, roses, grapes, hawthorn, walnut, honeysuckle, beech and many more. Maple seedlings are the easiest to find and propagate, so they have become the backbone. I also buy some trees and bushes when ever I can find them cheap.

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Last fall I completed planting the first row, and started a second one parallel.

At Grönsö estate nearby I saw a double hedge of mostly maple about three meters high which formed a tunnel. I’m going to do the same. I’ll let it grow to about 4 meters and keep the inside clear.

With all the flowers, berries and nuts it will become a refuge for bees, insects, wildlife and birds. We can harvest some of the produce too. This is one of the main ideas of permaculture.

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Tree planting mixture

Over the years I’ve improved my planting methods. I dig a bigger hole in the clay soil, fill it with planting mixture, water, plant the seedling and water lots until it gets established. This mixture consists of clay soil, sandy gravel and black dirt. It seams to work very well. They also need chicken wire protection from deer, and a stake each to be able to find the plant when weeding. Then in about twenty years time it will grow to become a proper hedge and wind break.

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Gypsy wagon lying down.

Early this morning I was awakened by the wind and a crash. I had to get up and have a look. My premonitions were true – my son’s gypsy wagon project had blown over. Now he has to take much of it apart and repair what he can. He also has to reconsider some of the details such as height.

I was also worried about a very tall pole set up this summer for hops to grow on, but it held. I put on some extra ropes now to anchor it better. It too needs reconsideration and may get moved to a better place.

We get a lot of wind here. There seems to be a canyon-like flow through here to the valley below. I have been putting in a lot of trees and a hedge to diminish this effect, but it will take 20 years at least before we see much effect.