They are in zone 8 in California. They say they loose all there collards once in 5-10 years and cannot take freezing temperatures that persist through the day (but if freezing through night they will be okay). Its more labor intensive than ideal but I think it would be a great crop to try, especially since they say it grows in almost full shade. Its more labor intensive because I plan to insulate it when it is in danger of freezing temperatures through the day and that is not often in my area.
Benton Lewis wrote:I have a good portion of my land in native woods with most of the growing areas in it in partial to full shade. What are some good plant to plant here in zone 8?
I have high hopes that the tree collard will work well. Pipsissewa and prickly pear cactus naturally grow there in the understory.
I would be very interested in what "wild" foods are already growing in your woods, and whether they can be utilized. I can't help much with zone 8, but here in Vermont (zone 5) I get acorns, mushrooms, wild leeks, and wood nettles- just as long as I keep track of the time of year and get out there to forage at the right moment. I have much less control over these foods from year to year, but on the other hand, I don't put any effort or resources into them except for my time, and it's a real pleasure to have a good excuse for a walk in the woods
Good luck with all your projects,
I've ordered varieties of the alliums listed, particularly ready for egyptian walking onion. I read, besides staked tomatoes, the alliums can give you more vegetables in one place than anything else but not sure if I trust that.
Ready to research the one's on the list i've never heard of like: yellow asphodel, cardoon etc.
Have several spots where I could plant some of these.
My number one concern other than the plant getting enough moisture is the plant getting eaten primarily by squirrels or deer. Have an abundance of. Spend way too much time this time of year with pellet gun keeping squirrels away from my pecan orchard. For weeks we hear the falling of green pecans being dropped by squirrels over our house. They are so damaging. With our neighbor woods, it's a problem that won't ever go away. Just have to keep putting protective fencing around plants. Have looked at sensor water sprayers, that's an option for certain spots.