We have been actively growing as much of our food as possible on our tiny plot for a few years now. And for those few years, we have been kicking our own asses in an attempt to grow as much of our food as possible.
There’s the seed starting and the soil building and the up-potting and the transplanting and the crossing of fingers and hoping my little transplants don’t get hailed on, blown away by the spring winds or eaten by any variety of small creates finding their way through our yard. And so, I’m tired.
To be honest, I’m real tired.
No, I’m actually exhausted.
Something has to change because, despite the gorgeous flowering of tomatoes and the sound of corn in the breeze, I am afraid I might throw in the towel if I feel like this for too much longer.
Enter, The Perennial Garden.
(What’d ya think, I was gonna quit gardening? Naaawww 😉 )
So, a Perennial Garden, ha? What does that even mean on a plot as small as ours?
Well, let’s start with what we have already put in to date that is doing well! We have:
- Lemon Balm
- Chinook Hops
Let’s not forget about the fruit trees!
Pretty good start, right?
Next, let’s talk about what we have in the ground, but that is not doing too hot:
Yeah…we need to either decide to call it a day with such things or make another plan! I’m still hopeful for the grapes, but we’ll see…
Now, let’s talk about this year’s plans! Because yes, I am exhausted, but I know that if I put in some extra work now, I won’t be so tired next year! (Hopefully. Maybe. We’ll see.) So, the perennial garden plans this year include:
- Replanting a bed of asparagus (the bed we planted in last year was over-run by the neighbors tree roots…grrr…so these new guys will go into the front yard in a corner patch.
- Plant a small bed of Yarrow (an antiseptic used for treating bleeding, both internally as a tea and externally as a compress).
- Plant a small patch of Cota (a delicious tea, hot or cold, that can also be used as a dye).
- Replant a patch of Chamomile (our previous patch was German Chamomile, an annual…rookie mistake).
I am also on the hunt for these guys this year:
- Sun Chokes (AKA Jerusalem Artichokes)
- Choke cherries
Now, I don’t have any illusions about these few perennials suddenly making my life a thousand times easier in the garden. I do, however, trust that these few items will help take the load off a bit.
Plus, there’s nothing like watching the first perennial sprouts of the year popping up through the soil when you’ve done nothing but watch the snow fly all winter 🙂
Now it’s your turn! Which edible perennials do you grow? Am I missing something important that I must look into adding?