We often get asked for gardening tips, so have decided to do a weekly post describing things we do to keep our garden going well with little effort.
Here’s this week’s…
If you ever look at the list of plants that we produce almost every year, you may notice two things.
First, there are quite a few annual greens, but they are left to self seed each year. Since we confined the chooks, we have a god seed bank built up in the soil. The rest of the annuals grow in the aquaponics system.
Then you’ll notice that the bulk of the plants are perennials…
The main reason which underlies all the other reasons why we focus on perennials is convenience. It’s really that simple. Plant the appropriate perennial in the right place, nurture it for a bit and you have a plant that will live for quite a while with little further care.There are some ‘short lived’ perennials such as Blackberry Nightshade that live 2 or 3 years but the principle is the same.
We have perennial greens too – Warrigal Greens, Okinawa Spinach and the closely related Longevity Spinach, Water Parsley and others. Beetroot too, which we grow for its leaves you so we treat it as a short lived perennial. Lots of things are possible with a little research.
We focus on perennials in the front garden because:
There could be more, but I reckon the one thing that underlies all the possible reasons is convenience. You just don’t need to work so hard with perennials and that’s a winner in my book!