Food Forest

The Pea Shrub

Here is some info I found about my new pea shrub: Caragana arborescens, also known as the pea shrub, is a large nitrogen fixing shrub.  The pea shrub is originally from siberia and so tolerates cold winters well.  It handles conditions such as drought and poor soil quite well and …

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Signs of the Fruit to Come

    There are flowers everywhere!  I can’t wait for them to turn to fruit!This is the blackberry bush that we planted three years ago.  It is finally getting big enough to produce a significant amount of blackberries.  Only now it is taking over!  There are about ten volunteer plants …

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The Arrival of the Perennials

The shipment I have been waiting for since December finally arrived today!  This is what  will become my very first perennial garden.  I have ended up with a total of 10 plants to trial this year and see what works well and what doesn’t.  What tastes good and what doesn’t. …

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My Perennial Vegetables

Now that I have explained why you might want perennial vegetables, many of you are wondering, “What vegetables come back every year other than asparagus?” Some people are aware of artichokes, sunchokes and rhubarb. But that is the extent of most peoples, including my own, knowledge of perennial vegetables. So …

Gardening

Perennial Vegetables

If you are going to start a permaculture garden you need to have something more permanent than annual vegetables. Permaculture is not planting vegetables every single year. It is setting up a bed one year and harvesting every year. This means that you need perennial vegetables. Vegetables that come back …