When to harvest your hedgerow fruit

Edible hedges not only make a great garden feature with their spectrum of summer flowers and autumn foliage, but the fruits they produce make a tasty seasonal treat that cannot be rivaled for freshness. Being able to pick and eat berries and nuts straight from your hedging is one of the simplest pleasures of being a gardener, and sharing them with visiting wildlife is wonderfully rewarding.

While most edible hedges produce their fruits between late summer and early winter, there are some exceptions, so we’ve put together this harvesting calendar so you never have to miss out on collecting your favourite fruits, sloes and berries –

When to Harvest…

May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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Crab Apples crab apple table crab apple table crab apple table
Dog Rose Hips dog rose hip table dog rose hip table dog rose hip table dog rose hip table
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Elderberries elderberries table elderberries table elderberries table
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Hawthorn Berries hawthorn table hawthorn table
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Sea Buckthorn Berries sea buckthorn table sea buckthorn table
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