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'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?
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.
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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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.
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?
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 ! ! !
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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