Heya folks, I live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and have a small 1/2 acre plot, used to be a pine forest many moons ago.
My grandfather had planted fig trees, grape vines & pear trees which are all now well established.
Two years ago we got a few hens and I added some blueberry bushes, loquat trees, strawberry plants. We have a few Daikon radishes, mint patches & echinacae throughout the yard. Also I've been adding wild mint, wild carrot, yarrow, & wild mustard randomly. We have seasonally been growing squashes, tomatoes, carrots, & cucumbers but I really would like to establish perennials.
I believe in Food not Lawns.
I've read about Jerusalem Artichokes and most definitely want to grow those.. I posted in the seedswap thread about looking for some tubers..
I would love to hear any recommendations of what else to grow
You might exploit the fact that you are probably a zone or more warmer than the mainland, being surrounded or partly surrounded by water. Look around at what other people are growing. I would venture that the hardier citrus might be possible....
Awesome thanks much for the idea.
I like how the satsuma look, cold hardy up to 20 degrees and I believe a few will be a wonderful addition to the yard.
Apparently they are hardy to 20degrees, and this past winter it only got below freezing maybe 7 days out of the entire winter.
The loquats are probably one of my favorite fresh fruits now. They almost have a citrus like flavor.
Do you know of any reputable dealers I could get some from? Or maybe even some seed. I may also ask the local nursery if they would be able to get some.
The Meyer lemon is as hardy or hardier than mandarins. Think about Mexican types of avocado also, such as "Del Rio", "Mexicola" etc. Jelly palm (Butia). These things can be hard to find...you might have to go mailorder. Especially don't trust a big chain nursery (like Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.) to sell adapted plants...do the research. Wind and salt spray might be problems for some of these leafy, evergreen trees....might need a good windbreak for them to thrive. --Alder
Location: Melbourne FL, USA - Pine and Palmetto Flatland, Sandy and Acidic
I don't know any sources to get satsuma personally because I live in the piedmont area but I find Dave's Garden a good source to browse and read reviews. There website is a little tricky to navigate but they are a wealth of information.
I am in midlands SC and you can probably grow two of the perennial crops that I am just a 'bit' too south to grow: 1. Rhubarb and 2. Ramps. As for the Ramps I do not know the botanical name (lots of things have been called ramps) but I find them at roadside markets when I visit N.C. They are too STRONG SMELLING for some people but when I smell them I immediately remember a skillet full of ramps, bacon and potatoes. Yum. They grow wild up there in in the Cherokee area I believe there are some restrictions on harvesting them.
Other than that I think you are already growing everything I am growing. Did you mention pecan? I have 5 pecan trees and have never bothered to collect them. This year they were selling retail $14. for less than a pound!
Garlic chives go like crazy. I don't eat the chives that much but I am crazy about the little pods after the flowers form. Right after the flower a little green seed pod forms and while it is still tender I take them. Saute in everything and sometimes I freeze them to use later.
I am building my regular garlic crop a little each year. Not a perennial but it takes so little of my time that I consider it so. Pull up around June or July and replant when the moon waning in late september or october. The rest of the time I pay no attention to them.
Check out Ilex vomitoria "Yaupon holly." The Native Americans brewed it into a tea called black drink. Very tasty, and very healthful. The Yaupon holly grows wild all over the islands. I have found quite a bit of it in Manteo. Depending on how much space you have, it might make a nice addition to a corner somewhere. Of course, you could just wild forage it!
Maybe you could have success with Prunus maritima "Beach plum"? The natural range is Maine-Maryland, but you might have success with it on OBX.
You might have success with Pawpaw and groundnut (Apios americana) as well.
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