Daron Williams wrote: Our friends the perennial plants - as someone who uses permaculture principles in my designs I just love these plants.
And as a gardener there is also a lot for me to like.
I love that once I plant a perennial plant I will get years of food, enjoyment, etc. out of it without needing to put in much energy or time compared to annual and biennial plants.
In nature perennial plants come in a bit later than annuals and biennial plants. They form the long term foundation for the land with different waves of perennial plants coming in overtime to create a complex and resilient system.
Steve Thorn wrote:Agreed! Perennials have to be my favorite too! I enjoyed the blog too which detailed some other great information about the pros and cons of each type. What an awesome and beautiful perennial hedge, that is just so cool!
It seems like it's more work for me on the front end planting them and getting through that first year, but after that, the rewards are more than worth it!
Robin Katz wrote:At our last property, and in the new one we're working on, I use perennial vegetables, berries and herbs as anchor points in the garden then every spring I plant annuals in between the perennials. Every year the landscape changes slightly as the perennials thrive (or not) and spread. There are usually larger areas for planting corn in blocks for good germination. Even in these "open" areas there was dandelion and purslane in abundance, both of which I harvest as wild greens and in the case of the dandelion, dry for winter teas.
I have found that having the annuals scattered a little throughout the garden reduces the pest load since the little buggers have to travel further from plant to plant. I've made it too easy for them in the past putting all the kale in one section then watching all the plants get destroyed in short order. I noticed a rogue kale in another bed was unaffected, so I realized that being a somewhat haphazard gardener has its benefits.
Cameron Whyte wrote:I like having the odd stray biennial or perennial left growing over winter so that mycelium and bacteria have living roots to live with. If all the annuals winter kill then you end up with nothing growing in a big garden bed regardless if you have mulched the heck out of it. Also earthworms love to hang around dandelion roots over winter like it’s an oasis for them, if nothing else is growing nearby. I do not always have cover crops like fall rye overwintering.
Carla Burke wrote:Talk about a timely post! We've recently bought some acreage, and are in the process of moving to that state - and it's warmer 6b (From our current 5a/b) , and trying to plan where we want to put which gardens (& hugels!). We know we want to go as perennial as possible, but figuring out the morass is overwhelming. Thank you for helping clear up the chaos, for us!
Daron Williams wrote:I put out a bunch of seed for native perennial lupines last spring and they just came up and are growing great. Planting them was really no different than planting a bunch of vegetables. Plus, the lupines fix nitrogen
Daron Williams wrote:Really appreciate your comments about the blog and thank you for checking it out! I will have a new thread up with another blog post tomorrow about perennial vegetables. Each day through Friday I will create a new thread to go with a blog post. After this week I will be doing 1 a week. Hope you enjoy the new ones too!
Tyler Ludens wrote:I am including many more perennial plants in my Kitchen Garden. This season my focus is on ornamentals, which I am giving large areas of this protected space. I might not have much time for food gardening in the near future because of multiple serious illness problems in the family, but I don't want the garden to be barren, so I have planted many flowering ornamentals amongst the beds in which I plan to plant both perennials and annual food plants.