black currant hedge

July 10, 2010

There is a beautiful brick wall that my grampa built around the stairs to the basement. My front yard is north facing, tree filled, and pretty shady (although sunny right now in the middle of the day in the summer..). The space in front of the brick wall has been a convenient resting place for dead leaves, twigs, and spiders. A friend of mine gave me a bunch of black currant plants from the bushes in her yard, and I decided to try to create a currant hedge. I love currants! I can still remember the first time I had a big wooden basket of them, in the train station in Switzerland, with my best friend. They are a joy to eat, and the idea of walking out my kitchen door to a patch of currants is lovely!

So for now, there are four plants. Two tiny ones, and two a bit bigger (maybe one year and two year sprouts?). I planted them 36 inches apart, about a foot or so from the wall, and I will see what happens. According to my limited research and knowledge, currants like sun, but are pretty shade tolerant. This might be the perfect spot for them.  As usual, it takes me a great leap of faith to plant things like bushes and trees…I am always curious as to whether they will “take.”

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