fedge

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English[edit]

A willow tunnel in the walled garden of Felbrigg Hall in Felbrigg, Norfolk, England, in the UK. A fedge involves the use of willow plants in a similar way to create a fence.

Etymology[edit]

Blend of fence +‎ hedge.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fedge (plural fedges)

  1. (horticulture) A fence made up of living plants, especially willow, thus somewhat resembling a hedge.
    • 2006, Barbara Pleasant, Easy Garden Projects to Make, Build, and Grow: 200 Do-it-yourself Ideas to Help You Grow Your Best Garden Ever, Dublin, N.H.: Yankee Publishing, →ISBN, page 254:
      What do you get when you cross a fence with a hedge? The answer is a fedge, which you can make by weaving fresh willow branches together, with their bases nestled into moist soil so they take root and grow. You can start a fedge with willow or other woody cuttings gathered from woods or roadsides []
    • 2011, Alice Bowe, High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening: 1001 Ways to Garden Sustainably, Portland, Or.: Timber Press, →ISBN, page 79:
      Fast growing and quick to take root, even from a cut stem, willow is a great sustainable resource that can be used to make living fences, or fedges – as well as retaining structures, arches, and arbours. The best time to make your own fedge is in the winter when the willow is dormant.
    • 2013, Gary Paul Nabhan, Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty, White River Junction, Vt.: Chelsea Green Publishing, →ISBN, page 37:
      What's in a name? Hedge, Fedge, Living Fencerow, Fredge ... [] A tentative truce between British and American agricultural geographers over terminology was brokered when a young British landscape designer trained at Oxford tried to popularize the term fedge in her book High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening, which was simultaneously released on both sides of the pond. And yet the term has not gained much currency, so I will propose another, hopefully more memorable one. I suggest that we rally behind another syllogism, the fredge, which takes its f and r from fence and row, and the rest of its letters from hedge and edge.
    • 2015 February 7, Helen Yemm, “Thorny problems: How can I soften a brick wall with plants?”, in The Daily Telegraph (London)[1], page G7:
      Ryan Kelly has a young fedge (a living willow hedge). Alan Jefferson has a boundary windbreak of substantial hawthorn. Both ask if I think it would be feasible or a good idea to plant roses to mingle with the hedging plants, and if so, what kind of rose would I suggest.