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ANTHEAMS's Photo ANTHEAMS Posts: 581
3/29/11 7:47 P

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Linda this sounds like a little bit of paradise. What fun you will have!

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3/29/11 11:28 A

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emoticon there,

In the past I have had a perennial garden but it was in a rental and I had to leave most of it because I was moving into a smaller place with a cement yard. Ho-Hum .... that is sooooo boring.

Last year my family and I cleared and dug out a special place in our acre of heaven for my herbs (I am a student of herbalism). It was late in the summer so there wasn't much to do except move the few herbs that I already had and make plans for new ones in the spring.

I planted mints, yarrow, feverfew, lamb's ear, lemon balm, rosemary, mother of thyme and greek oregano. They are all coming back -- checked a couple days ago. This amount of plants will be tripled before June.

I also have a bed of horseradish that I harvested for the first time this past October. I made 2 gallons of horseradish ... I love the stuff.

The property came with a bed of rhubarb. They are such majestic plants with their red stalks and gigantic leaves.

Wild raspberry and elderberry all over the place.

We also have a long row of strawberries that we planted 6 years ago.

So much more is planned for this year with perennial food now that my daughter is more interested in it.

I'll let you know how things go.

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ANTHEAMS's Photo ANTHEAMS Posts: 581
3/29/11 7:05 A

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I'm not sure where you live but what sort of climate does the wild sort need and, having Googled it and looked at the pictures it seems to be a seaside plant. Do you think there would be wild asparagus in the fields and woods of herefordshire UK?

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PAUL324's Photo PAUL324 Posts: 1,272
3/28/11 7:15 A

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If you have country roads to walk you can often find wild asparagus growing along the road side. Mark the spot with some clear tape or other inconspicuous mark that you can find without marking for everyone. Pick the asparagus during your walks, don't tell the neighbors where you get it.



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CAROLFAITHWALKR's Photo CAROLFAITHWALKR Posts: 15,914
3/26/11 12:56 A

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I am taking notes for "some day". Envious of most everything described. Especially collard and blackberries that automatically come back . . .

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3/23/11 9:32 P

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My perennials edibles are a self-fruitful peach tree and cherry tree in the front yard; mint, raspberries and blackberries on the side (and a couple self-starter blackberries that I wish WEREN'T perennial!); two filbert trees (not self-fruitful), a rhubarb patch, and an asparagus patch in the back. And a raised bed of collards that I didn't think was a perennial, but it doesn't seem to die.

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ANTHEAMS's Photo ANTHEAMS Posts: 581
3/23/11 7:41 P

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Just about to start an extension to my asparagus bed as I lost a few in the very bad frost we had. I've dug the trenches and am waiting for the tubers to arrive. Lovage, Rhubarb, rocket, percel ( a cross between parsley and celery), bay, rosemary, sorrel, mint, sage, and - because it looks so great in the summer, a purple angelica. Oh yes also Jerusalem artichokes and horseradish. I have no idea why I grow this last as I could dig it up from the roadside any day - there's masses of it about.

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3/23/11 8:24 A

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Hi Carol Jerry Baker is the guru of remidy gardening. He uses household products to make recipes for anything. Google him, he's wonderful.
Yup, all is safe.

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3/23/11 7:54 A

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Oh I looooooove rhubarb, I so wish I had a backyard to have a patch in! Who is Jerry Baker? Glad you explained about the dishwashing liquid. So all of that is safe i.e. non-toxic to use on edible plants?

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Gosh...I forgot about my asparagus and rhubarb...
Thanks for the reminder. I take my veggie scraps and put them in my blender. (onion skins, carrot tops and peels, egg shells, anything that can be composted) I add a little water and a drop or so of dish washing liquid and whip it up to make a slurry and pour it around the aparagus and rhubarb in the spring till about the beginning of summer. They love that stuff...
The dish washing liquid helps get rid of the bugs. Sometimes I add beer or coke or mouth wash....I just love that Jerry Baker ! ! !

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3/23/11 7:12 A

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aspargus is my favorite perennial, starting chives this year. Maybe some of the others in planter tubs so I can control them.



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3/23/11 6:55 A

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We have a small yard, so the only thing we grow besides flowers is rhubarb. But the cool thing is that we transplanted these plants from an apartment 27 years ago. The two-flat had been owned by two women, one of who still lived upstairs, and was in her 90's. I don't know, but can only assume, the rhubarb was planted when they were younger. It just gives me a new respect for those little red nubs poking up in my back yard. Sorry I kind of got off topic, but thank you for giving me this new appreciation for my rhubarb.

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My only perennial foods that I planted are chives and mint. I can't even give any away anymore as I have given it to ALL of my neighbors.

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I don't do that, but thanks so much for the link. Seeing them all listed like that really makes me want to plan out some areas now specifically for that!!!

Really appreciate the post!


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Where I live (Zone 4-5, depending), the only ones of these that are perennials are the invasive ones (like mint and horseradish)..

I should say, other than the tree fruits, most of which have varieties that would grow here....

Be careful with these - but it is a cool concept.

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3/23/11 3:30 A

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How many of you do this?
frugalliving.about.com/od/growyourow
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