Stacie Kim wrote:
1. Plan for as many perennials as you can. As we age, replanting annuals every year will become more challenging. I don't think my property will ever be 100% perennial, and I know that digging in the dirt is good exercise for the body. But planning ahead with fruit trees, brambles, perennial tubers, etc. will be a long-term benefit.
Lisa Brunette wrote:Thank you, Stacie! What are your favorite edible perennials?
Caitlin Mac Shim wrote:Hi Lisa!
I feel a little sheepish recommending it again, caus I was just banging on about it in another thread, but Linda Woodrows ‘The Permaculture Home Garden’ is an excellent book about getting a great deal from a small space with the least work. She talks about a few examples of people altering her system to better suit their needs and locations (ie a small courtyard, a suburban block, and her market garden system which took up about an acre I think).
It’s a really interesting book, chock full of ideas that can be adapted and made your own.
If you go hard core, it can be extremely detailed, however you can also start with the basic concepts and develop them in the way which suits your location and situation best.
Personally I am currently designing an adaptation to include making the beds raised hugel Chicken roundhouses, but that’s because of the climate and predator pressure (for both chickens and veges) at my site.
If you’re not keen on chickens Linda also gives some great ideas on working with worms
This is the book, I hope it helps! Seriously she’s so awesome....
I am fairly new to our property (we bought it in 2019), so many of my perennials haven't started in full production yet. And I don't know what zone you're in, so take all of this with a grain of salt:
1. Fuyu persimmon
2. Apples--crabapple, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Anna, and hopefully Pink Lady
3. Plum--Autumn Rosa and Morris
4. Native Mulberry
5. Figs-Celeste and Brown Turkey
6. Apricots--Garden Annie Dwarf
7. Nectarines--Fantasia and Sun Red
8. Pears--Keiffer and Bartlett
1. Russian Hardy Pomegranate
2. Blueberries--too many varieties to name!
3. Oregon Champion Gooseberry
4. Yucca--for security around the perimeter of our property and eating blossoms
5. Black Elderberry (new to us, still in the fridge for stratification)
1. Blackberry--Navajo, Prime Ark, and several native
2. Raspberry--Latham and Fall God
3. Prolific Kiwi (brand new to us, haven't seen much growth yet)
4. Grape--Razzmatazz, Concord, and Lakemont
2. Dandelion (for leaves and roots)
3. Collards (I know they're not "technically" a perennial, but they volunteer themselves around here so readily!)
4. Jerusalem Artichoke
5. Groundnuts (new to us, still learning)
6. Broadleaf Plantain (for medicinal salves)
7. Lots of other "weeds" that I am still learning about. Until I learn more, they often get fed to the chickens. They do love Henbit and Chickweed!
8. Egyptian walking onions
9. Purslane. I have to overwinter it inside the house.
10. Many herbs here are perennial. Rosemary and thyme are doing well.
We don't have any asparagus, since only half of my family likes it. But I'd really like to set up a small patch someday. Until then, I need to focus more on the foods we all like.
I'd like to get a few cuttings of Prickly Pear soon. And I'd like to get a Camellia sinensis bush or two.
Edited to add: I'm also looking into getting a hazelnut bush. Pecans grow wild here, but they're not always good eating.
Do you need to use netting or any other barriers to keep wildlife from consuming? I want to try collards, and now you've further encouraged me. I'm with you on henbit. I find it tasty, too. I've heard mulberry can get out of control - do you have to keep it in check?
Caitlin Mac Shim wrote:This is an awesome book about perennial vegetables. Lots of the plants aren’t available here (in Oz) as the author is in the USA but you’re in the states too right?
He gives lots of examples of how to grow and also eat the plants, but also the story of how he developed his very challenging (shady, builders rubble, small, very long cold winters) suburban block into a perennial food garden is really cool too. I think that’s another book though so I’ll try and find it again too!
Caitlin Mac Shim wrote:Here it is, Paradise Lot.
This ones the story of creating a small all perennial edible food garden in the city. 1/10th of an acre with lots of design challenges.
He’s a really cool guy.
Ok no more books I promise!
Mary Laird wrote:Hi there! I am 57 and disabled, on a 3/4 acre lot. I have been slowly building zones 1, 2, and 3. At first I concentrated on zone 1, then 2, then 3 for my plantings; recently put in 2 black walnuts and 3 pecans that I figure will feed my grandchildren well. Now that I have so many things to eat ( and yes, collards can reseed along with mustard, cilantro, and green onion) I am ready to add water collection, a few chickens, and composting of dog poo. I also want to learn to cook with a solar oven, a rocket stove, and a hay bale cooker ( but substituting things I have plenty of like dog hair, leaves for the hay). I do not expect to ever be as efficient as a larger place but I am excited to make this piece of the world a little more sustainable. Honestly, at my level of energy I am patting myself on the back!