I wanted a proactive and fun show today and shows about useful plants are always subscriber favorites. Last night on Episode 5 of Unloose the Goose we discussed the food system and it has a lot of this churning in my brain.
When I was a kid my Grandfather taught me to tend our garden. In many ways is was a lot like a small row farm. Strait rows and a row for each thing. A row of broccoli, a row of beans, a row of cucumbers, 8 rows of corn, etc.
When I moved to Texas I started out trying to do the same type of thing. I swiftly learned the Zone 6 climate with mild summers, acidic soils and great rain fall in Pennsylvania did not exist in Texas. Instead we had brutal Zone 8 summers, a predictable drought from July – Sept at the hottest time of the month. The soils were alkaline and a lot of crops that were long season in PA would bolt and be useless by May at the latest here.
I found permaculture, aquaponics, wicking beds, hydro and so much more. I started building small and different systems to teach my students with and next thing I knew my entire paradigm had changed. I still have “gardens” but I have learned to “trust nature” as Sepp Holtzer so often says. When I find a thing that does well in a place, that place becomes the place for that thing. When I find a crop that does well I grow it, when I find one that is more heart ache than it is worth, I stop trying to grow it, mostly anyway.
Today I discuss this philosophy, how to adapt it to any location or lot size and give you some of my favorite plants that are the honey badgers of edibles, medicinals and culinary herbs.
Join Me Today as We Cover
- My method in a nutshell and how it came to be
- The advantage of a system like this
- The sheer joy of quitting something that you need to quit
- My Top Honey Badger Plants to Grow
- Mints (all of em, peppermint, lemon balm, bee balm, etc. etc)
- Daikon Radish
- Wild Garlic
- Chives (garlic and onion)
- Sweet Potato
- Water Cress
- Swiss Chard (and beets – cool hack on this)
- Asian Eggplants
- Sugar Baby Watermelon
- Ground Nut
- Autumn Olive or Goumi
- Black Berry
- Goji Berry (wolf berry)
- Dwarf Mulberry
- Red Amaranth (any amaranth really)
- Jerusalem Artichoke
- Final Thoughts – I really think this is the “better way to do this”
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- The Sky is Crying – George Thororgood and the Destroyers
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