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Old 02-29-2016, 04:26 PM
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Default Perennial (food) garden plants

Anyone done it? Had success?

Did you plant them in a raised bed style garden or just in with the flowers? If I plant them in the regular raised bed garden, can I move them in a year or so without worry?

The house we bought has a raised bed that is just asparagus I am excited for the asparagus, but I also am like really 4 sq feet of asparagus? That seems like a LOT of asparagus But, we bought it from a single lady, so is that too little for a family of 4? Should I try to grow even more?

I have rhubarb seeds started as well as Lovage (like a salad green). Plus, we are growing mystery plants all over - and probably even more plants that I won't know about until things really start growing around here. (feeling conflicted)
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Old 02-29-2016, 04:36 PM
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That isn't really that much asparagus. I have probably 18 square feet and I wish I had more!

I have horseradish and sun chokes, they're great but contain them far away from everything. I have a bunch of perennial herbs that are awesome, too: sage, tarragon, mint, and chives.
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:16 PM
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I have currants, raspberries, gooseberries, asparagus, Hardy kiwis, mulberries, blackberries, rhubarb, sour cherries, chives so far in my edible perennial garden. It will be two years old and this summer, so I am hoping to see some significant production.
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So jealous of the asparagus! We plan on planting a ton. Eventually.
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We only have 12 plants, but I'm not sure they all survived. We shall see what comes up this spring. I may have to fill in a bit.
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So right about that not being much asparagus, but at least it grows fast. It also seems like we have 7 crowns - 6 purple one green. So odd. I think I will start a different bed with rhubarb and the strawberries (they are an alpine hierloom variety that doesn't send out runners).
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I have 24 ft x 4ft of asparagus (I do need to backfill some plants - something dug some out!). 4 sq ft is definitely not too many!
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Um a manic squirrel dug out two plants? Or a neighborhood thief did. I have the strangest neighborhood. We have a mini peach tree in the front yard and when we did a final walkthrough, there were branches of just ripening peaches. Two days later when we closed and went over there the tree was completely bare and there wasn't even any fruit on the ground. I was hoping the seller just told someone they could pick it before closing day but now I think I have a neighborhood plant thief.
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That's just sad. I'd set up some sort if surveillance to catch the fruit theif!
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Seriously. The neighbors added a motion sensor light to the front of their garage that turns on if you are walking on the sidewalk, and I think we will do the same. Of course the garden beds are in the back, but we are putting a fence in there this summer that should stop a lot of it - I hope.
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Um, that's weird.

As far as perennial food plants, we inherited a bed of asparagus as well. It's probably 3X3 ft and it's definitely not enough. I do plan on adding to it. We currently only have blueberries, black raspberries and blackberries all planted last year. We also just planted 5 apple trees last week. I am putting a strawberry patch in as well.
Next year I am hoping to add rhubarb, elderberry and horseradish.
Our annual garden is about 1/4 acre and we will have: cucumbers, squash, corn (two varieties), watermelon, pumpkin, tomatoes, peas, carrots, beets, onions, garlic, pepper, two varieties of beans and probably a few other things we'll throw in there at random.
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Bummer about the peaches! I'd love to have the space to grow asparagus.
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I have a big asparagus bed, 6 producing fruit trees (plum, apricot, apple, asian pear, peach and nectarine), 3 mystery citrus that should be producing but aren't, and another probably 8 that are 3 years old and should start producing this year/next - several different varieties of peach and apricots, another plum, and an almond. Then we have 50 feet of grape vines, a ton of wild blackberries and 2 fig trees that we are still working on figuring out how to get decent figs out of, and we've just planted goosberries, blueberries and a hardy kiwi.

We are working on planting 2 avocado trees, a meyer lemon, and a cherry tree (to replace one that didn't make it), 3 more figs of different varieties and 2 pomegranates, along with our annual garden, which I am doing a scaled down version of this year, and is about 1/3 of the way done (and already a few days late).

I think the avodados and lemon may stay in their pots for the year - safer for the avocado if we have a cold winter to be able to pull them inside until they are 5 years old, and the lemon is in a big pot, just blossomed, and we will probably get fruit if I don't shock it by planting it after it has blossomed.
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I started rhubarb from seed and its looking great! I won't be able to harvest until next year, but its alive and actually thriving.

I have some dwarf citrus trees that might give me one or two lemons or limes this summer. They are blooming yet.

Turns out the previous owner also planted a hardy variety of Kale in one of the planters and the mild winter means it made it. The inerited strawberries have green ones too.

I also found out the huge tree in the front is an apple tree when it decided to bloom. I don't know if it will produce anything ever since there was no sign of anything last year, but I pruned it way back because it was huge. Its quite large but might just be a vole attractant. Voles, the bane of my existence.
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