I'm just getting into permaculture so I'm not to sure about anything I'm doing, but I'd like to experiment as much as possible when I have an opportunity. I eventually want to own my own permaculture farm/edible forest garden/perennial polyculture using natives as much as possible and with the hope of growing all of my food and have some surplus.
That being said I have a small-- maybe 450 sq ft plot to work with in the suburbs in Annapolis, MD in the back of my parents backyard where we have a couple ducks. I only have a small window of time that I'll still be here so I'd like to establish something as quickly as possible to hopefully cultivate some enthusiasm for permaculture in my family members and myself.
I'm specifically wondering if there are some "exciting" edible, preferably native (to the eastern US) perennial or self-seeding annual vegetables, non-gluten grains/legumes and fruit bushes that could be planted now that would be able to establish themselves over winter. Maybe something the ducks could enjoy/help with their fertilizer and spread everywhere. Shade tolerant species would be best. I'll also be going to the fruit tree fair in Baltimore on the 5th of November so I'll take fruit suggestions as well. I did a little research on sunchokes, but I couldn't find whether they can be overwintered or where to buy seed/tubers locally.
I'm a big fan of Sepp Holzer and have been thinking of ways to mimic his chaotic style. I was thinking of making a hugelkultur bed or 2 and breaking up the compacted soil and sowing a perennial cover crop mix with clover and legumes, plus some heavy nitrogen feeders to balance things out.
Again I'm not really sure what I'm doing, so maybe there isn't really much I could do at this point so late in the season, but I don't know so I'm asking.
If theres anyone in the Annapolis area that would like to come help out or just meet and talk about good things I'm open to that as well!
Hey there - how did you fare with fall planting?
I just moved to Beltsville, so not too far from you.
If you still want sunchokes in the spring, I might be able to get you a clump - my family in WV has lots.