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Christy Garner

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I'm a chiropractor-turned-farmer, determined to grow the majority of my family's food and medicine on our homestead in the Santa Cruz mountains.
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It's not nice to play favorites, but if we had to choose one plant which can pretty much do it all, it's Stinging Nettle!  Nettle is nature's multivitamin.  Its amazing golden root structure mines deep for vitamins and minerals and pulls them to the surface into its roots, leaves, and seeds.  It's one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can add to your diet.  And the best part is, not only is it extremely nutritious, but it's also DELICIOUS!  We enjoy the leaves in place of spinach in all our favorite recipes, in pestos, and sprinkle the tasty seeds on top of most of our dishes to enjoy their stress busting superpowers.  This same abundance of nutrients also makes nettles an awesome homemade fertilizer.  Every garden needs a nettle patch. Food, medicine, fertilizer, and garnish in one.  Can you tell we like it a little bit?  :)  

We just thinned our organically-grown giant nettle patch and have rhizomes available for a limited time.

Start your patch now:  https://www.perennialpermaculture.com/products/wild-stinging-nettle-urtica-dioica?
1 month ago
Gorgeous, delicious, and healing...what more could you ask for?  This beautiful, red hollyhock will be a showstopper in your garden and will give you towering blooms from early summer through Fall.   We grow them between our perennial kales and collards as a beautiful pop of color and a great attractant for beneficial insects.  They're also a gorgeous addition to salads and can be used as cooling, moistening medicine.  This is a true perennial hollyhock and will come back season after season with vibrant spires of long-lasting red blossoms. Easy and beautiful.  Get your seeds now while they last!
1 month ago

Barbara Kochan wrote:Too bad I can't pay directly with my credit card: I've never been a fan of PayPal

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1 month ago
We’re so glad so many of you will be growing these amazing perennial kales and collards. I’ll share some more photos of this season’s batch and share the interesting varieties. Please feel free to do the same!  👍
2 months ago
Hi Trace.  This perennial mix should be able to handle to about 20 degrees.  We do have a special variety that we're testing out that historically has handled temps down to 0 degrees in Michigan.  We're going to grow it out for one more season to make sure it meets all of our criteria for taste, pest resistance, drought tolerance, and ease of growth and then if it passes, we'll offer cuttings of it.
2 months ago
Hi Jenny.  We only let our most promising perennial kales and collards go to seed, and then we let them cross freely.  So each seed is genetically unique.  We're in generation 7, so the mix is reliably perennial and most are very tasty.  This mix is combined from all of our plant varieties, but even from the seeds that drop from a single mother plant, we find variety in the babies that pop up underneath the mama.  We'll be offering cuttings from our new named varieties when the weather cools a bit.  That way you can know exactly what will grow for you.  But growing from seeds is super exciting!
2 months ago
This is the perfect perennial kale & collard mix for those looking for something unexpected!  A Perennial Permaculture Exclusive.  Each year we grow out hundreds of perennial kales and collards from seeds we collect from around the world in addition to our homestead favorites. Throughout the growing season, we select for delicious taste, pest resistance, drought tolerance, ease of growth, and beauty.  We let only the most amazing plants go to seed and collect these seeds for the next year's trials.  In this mix you'll receive the very same seed mix that we will be planting in our garden next season.  We call it a buffet because it's a sampling of the best we've got.  Get 'em now while we still have them.  Limited supply!

We've created a special promo code for permies members.  Use code:  BUFFET20 for 20% off your order of $25 or more.  Thanks for supporting our little nursery.  It means a lot. 🌱
2 months ago
These are our favorite perennial onions!  Also known as tree onions, these onions are truly amazing. The entire plant is edible and there are many ways to enjoy their onion-ey goodness. The greens can be cut and eaten throughout the season like a delicious green onion.  They will send up a flower stalk with edible small onions on top (called bulbils), that are tasty.  And the tubers can be thinned as your patch grows and the bulb eaten like a shallot.  So little work and so much flavor!  

Here are some of the reasons why we love Egyptian Walking Onions...

1) FLAVOR  - These perennial onions are so yummy!  Bulbs and bulbils have a shallot flavor great in many dishes. Greens have a scallion flavor.  

2) LOW MAINTENANCE - These are the easiest onions you'll ever grow!  Except for harvesting and watering. these plants need little care. Every few years a thinning and light composting will refresh your patch.

3) PROLIFIC - The little bulbils at the top of these onions will root when the stalks fall over in the fall, planting themselves and growing your patch, giving the impression that they are walking around your garden.

We have a limited supply of these amazing perennial onions, so get yours now!
2 months ago
We've filled this position as of August 1st.  Thanks for all of your interest.  Wishing everyone a wonderful summer.
2 months ago
The Lilac Lizard really is gorgeous.  Photos can't do it justice.  I'm not sure about being a perennial in the desert.  I live in zone 9b and we get to about 105 degrees in summer and down to 25 degrees in the winter and they handle it no problem.  One thing that may be worth trying is to start one in the sun and one in partial shade in your desert climate.  I find that many perennials actually do really great in partial shade during the heat of the summer.