September 2, 2008 at 10:41 am #244935
It seems that many of us will be busy with spring planting and spring cleaning this month, so this challenge is a easy one;). Whether or not you have a dedicated vege garden, a big farm or some pots on a balcony, you can participate in this challenge.
This month you are challenged to plant a perennial food crop. I am sure that there will be many suggestions as to what might be suitable for your area, but some that come to mind immediately are: choko, lemongrass, ginger, arrowroot, madagascar beans, 7 year beans, sweet potato, cassava, taro, pigeon pea, and all manner of fruit and nut trees.
All of those (except the 7 year beans) do well in the subtropics and are either long lived or perennial. You may have some suggestions for your area.
Why plant perennials?
These guys are hardy, need less water than a regular vege crop and can be a standby, survival type food when everything else fails. Many of them are quite attractive and will dress up part of you garden that may otherwise be unproductive. Many will grow in pots and there are fruit trees which are suited to pots.
Where do you find them?
Finding some of these can be tricky. Green Harvest sells some, as do the Diggers Club.
* Some things, like choko, sweet potato and ginger can be planted from the fruit or roots you buy at a fruit shop (organic is best but conventional will usually still grow).
* Some things, like the beans, will grow from seeds which are available from several suppliers.
* Fruit and nut trees are readily available from a good nursery near you.
* If you have a permaculture garden near you, you may also have a good source of these types of plants. This is the forum to discuss where to find them, how they grow and how yours are doing.
Plant one perennial food before the end of September! See – how easy is that?:tup:
Now – who’s in?September 2, 2008 at 10:45 am #367146
ooohhhhh, i just got pigeon pea in the latest seed swap, I’m in. Well, maybe I will look into something else as well, must go browse!!!
:clap::clap::clap:September 2, 2008 at 10:47 am #367147
I’m in Suz – I’m a challenge newbie, but have tracked them previously. Have some sweet potato ends ready. Is it better to get them sprouted before planting or take my usual plant and pray approach?
The chokos are reemerging – they are nicknamed survivor1 and 2September 2, 2008 at 10:55 am #367148
too easy 😆 i’m in! :hug:
JenSeptember 2, 2008 at 11:03 am #367149
I’m in. I like the sound of sweet potato and I know our organic vegie shop sells them. :tup:
How about blackberries are they perennial? :shrug:
I must admit that I didn’t know that sweet potato is a perennial. :confused: 😆
:metal:September 2, 2008 at 11:08 am #367150
Cool! I am in! Already planning and bought few plants today!
Sweet potato (organic) ready to be used to plant!
For the rest… passionfruit x 3, white mulberry, meyer lemon, and sage… all perennial, right? 😆
Going to another organic shop to get chokos… Gotta cover the chook fence!
My boy insisted on getting seedlings of watermelon, rockmelon, peas, beans, strawberries and carrot seeds for himself to grow…
:tup: looking forward to see how others doing with theirs! 😀
Cheers! :hug:September 2, 2008 at 11:13 am #367151
I did it already! Yay! :clap:
On the first day of Spring I planted some ginger, some taro, some chives and lots of little chinese artichokes. I have at least half a dozen more perennials to go in as well.
Looking forward to reading what others are planting!September 2, 2008 at 11:19 am #367152
This is a good excuse to buy another fruit tree. :tup:September 2, 2008 at 11:20 am #367153
I’ve already sown pigeon pea, so for once I’m ahead of myself.
Scarlet runner beans and a heap of others to do this month.September 2, 2008 at 11:24 am #367154
I’m in for this one. I will be planting Arrowroot, Choko and Asparagus (when it finally gets here from Green Harvest, they promise it will be this week)
PSeptember 2, 2008 at 11:25 am #367155
Oh, and I have two Madagascar Bean seedlings ready to go in, when I can clear some space for them.
PSeptember 2, 2008 at 11:27 am #367156
I just collected a heap of sweet potato vine from a relatives ‘patch’…and will cut it into 10cm lengths and plant it out ‘a-la-Bushy’ style:lol:
Will have to go and find Bushy’s thread…can’t remember whether I put the whole 10cm piece of vine under the ground horizontally…or leave one end sticking out of the ground?:shrug:
Also have a blueberry bush and a kaffir lime to pot up
Happy planting everyone:hug:September 2, 2008 at 11:29 am #367157
I’m in – I’m getting galangal (thanks Sebastian), and I have madagascar beans and pigeon pea to plant. I’ll do that tomorrow :tup:
This is wayyyyy to easy!!September 2, 2008 at 11:53 am #367158
I’m in… I have 9 raspberry canes waiting for the side fence to be replaced so I can plant them without the fencers trampling them… EEEEAAAAASSSSYYYYYYY (or is that cheating and I should find something else :shrug: ) 😆September 2, 2008 at 11:53 am #367159
I got Galangal in last week…does that count???
Ellice or the formerly know member Ellice yes has soem Galangal coming……………if she ever sends my package :lol::lol:
Ohhh and it is courtesy of one of my fairy godmothers via myself.
:clap::clap::clap: for fairy godmothers
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