Hey fellow Permies! Please post your encouragements/warnings/cautions for my experiment this spring. I've created some gardening goals/experiments for my life, like creating my own cultivar of black mulberry. Another one is creating several different perennial vegetable polycultures. One in particular that I'm going to try this year is a mix of asparagus, husk cherry (physalis pruinosa), carrot, basil, yarrow and maybe some small greens to close in any gaps for ground cover. I've chosen these plants because
1) most of these plants are perennial or self seed,
2) asparagus and tomato get along,
3) Physalis pruinosa is related to tomato,
4) carrots and tomato get along,
5) basil and tomato get along,
6) if a = b and b = c, then maybe a = c,
7) asparagus, well controlled by our ravaging appetite, will leave plenty of light for these "understory" plants to find their own niches,
can be direct sown around the same time,
9) they are harvested at different times of the year, getting year-round, "hands-off" production from a single bed, and
10) they are all incredibly delicious.
Since I'm going to try this 50x25 sq ft area, and I'm sort of lazy, I was also thinking about just mixing all these seeds together in a bucket and direct sowing them at the appropriate time, and just crossing my fingers and let the strongest seeds win. I seriously don't want to have to do anything else besides casting the seed, maybe applying a thin layer of mulch over top, and forgetting it until the harvest time for each type of plant.
Please tell me I'm crazy and that this won't work. And tell me why! Thanks. PS- Don't tell me not to harvest asparagus until the third year, or that I should plant crowns not seed, or that I should only plant males and pull the females. I'm all aware of that. I actually want the asparagus to self seed and get weedy.