The Gin Makers Hedgerow – This started out as a fun hedging theme we created for the Garden Press Event in February 2018, inspired by our edible hedgerow mix, it really caught the imagination of many gardening journalists and we won the prize for best stand at the show. Such was the interest after the show that we have added this hedge mixture to our range.
Our boozy hedgerow is practical as well as fun, the mix of plants includes 50% Blackthorn (Sloe) which will knit the hedge together to make a formidable barrier as well as yielding masses of beautiful sloes each autumn to flavour your gin with.
The other 50% of the hedge is drawn from at least five species from the following list, all can be used in various ways to flavour gin and other drinks (see below for a little more detail)
Like all new mixed native hedgerows, we would recommend 3 plants per metre for a single row hedge or five per metre for a thicker staggered double row (setting the 2 rows about 40cm apart). For a really thick hedge it is possible to increase the number of plants to 7 per metre
As with any species rich mix, the Gin Makers Hedgerow would be a big draw for wildlife bringing Bees, Butterflies, Birds and much more into your plot. The hedge will also have a lot of interest through the seasons with flowers and colourful fruits, not to mention many colours of Autumn foliage.
To maximise the fruiting potential of the hedge it would be important not to trim it too frequently as much of the blossom/fruit will be on the previous year’s wood. Perhaps trimming just one side each year (after harvest!), the untrimmed side being left to yield next years bounty. Some of the species could be left to develop into attractive small trees within the hedgerow if space permitted, particularly the Crab Apple, Wild Pear, Amelanchier and Myrobalan Plum. As with all our hedgerow mixes you can keep these to any height from 120cm (4 feet) upwards although you may prefer to keep your gin makers hedge closer to 2 metres to allow for better fruiting potential!
Anyone lucky enough to have space could plant these species far more widely (4, 5 or more metres apart) as a small copse or a ‘Gin Orchard’ and let them develop into individual trees and shrubs.
There are 3 main ways of flavouring your Gin
Our gin makers hedgerow mix is available as bare root plants from November until mid April, we sell them in multiples of 10 plants and our minimum order for any mix is just 20 plants. Delivery is free on orders over £50 (excluding VAT).
We strongly recommend using Rootgrow when planting all bare root plants, these are native mycorrhizal fungi that will help your new hedge establish quickly.