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Splurging on perennials

Edible Forest GardensEvery year, I let myself splurge a bit on new perennials for the garden.  Last year, my splurge rounded out our traditional fruits --- a cultivated black raspberry, blueberries, a plum --- and started exploring the world of nut trees (a butternut.)  From previous years, we have young apples, pears, peaches, a nectarine, a cherry, cultivated blackberries, ever-bearing red raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, asparagus, and hardy kiwis.  We've started grapes, a persimmon, wineberries, and a Chinese chestnut ourselves.

This year, Dave Jack's Edible Forest Gardens volume 1 came in on interlibrary loan just as I was starting to get my cold weather craving for new perennials.  I flipped to the back of the book, to the list of the top 100 forest gardening species for the eastern U.S., and my mouth watered.  So many delicious species, some of which I'd never considered!  This week's lunchtime series highlights the four species I chose to splurge on this fall to fill in gaps in our forest garden.

This post is part of our Splurging on Perennials lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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