Biodiverse Minihedge, South Deerfield MA

by ned on August 7, 2010

The goals of this project are to fill in a gap within an existing hedge using species that would yield tea herbs, culinary herbs/vegetables and fruit. The client is eager to be able to harvest tea herbs and scallions. This patch is a good example of both how much biodiversity can be brought into small spaces and also how much satisfaction can come to the client from having habitat that meets their needs.

Seven species are present in the hedge (beach plum, alpine strawberry, lemon balm, peppermint, chives, walking onion and wild blue indigo). The inclusion of nitrogen-fixing wild blue indigo helps to speed the growth of the other plants by continually injecting nitrogen into their root zones.