It is March and that means planting or planning planting depending on where you live. In any event if you plan on annual gardening by now you are, you have plants started or you will be likely buying starts.
Today though we focus on what I call the “long term investment strategy of growing food”, of course that means perennials. I tried to pick a good mix of over looked and misunderstood plants today. Different plants the fill different needs, if times get tough or even if they don’t.
When I wrote this title I originally called it 10 perennial edibles you should grow, then I realized that was sort of arrogant and not practical. Not every plant grows well everywhere and not everyone likes the same thing. So today we don’t just look at these 10 plants, but where they grow well, what they provide, what they require and how to acquire them.
Join Me Today to Discuss…
- Why this is the best investment you can make right now
- Why it doesn’t matter how much land you have
- Why sheet mulching is likely your best play on this type of thing
- Food forest, vs. intense planting, vs. small orchards
- The ten plants to consider
- Hanson’s Bush Cherry – (link to one source)
- Elderberry – (link to one source)
- Blueberry – (link to one source)
- Jerusalem Artichoke – (link to one source)
- Groundnut – (link to one source)
- Giant Solomans Seal – (link to one source)
- Blackberry – (link to one source)
- Hardy Kiwi – (link to one source)
- Goji Berry – (link to one source)
- Mulberry – (link to one source)
- Final Thoughts – Sources
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