Toward a Do-nothing Gardening, pt 2: Edible Perennials (Lazy Gardening)

What could be better than harvesting crops without having to dig the soil and sow seeds every year? Growing edible perennials is as close to do nothing gardening as you can get. Once established, they come back year after year and produce abundant harvests with very little effort.

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“Global Inventory of Perennial Vegetables”:

Seeds for new edible perennials:
1) Minutina:
2) Sylvetta Arugula:
3) Lovage:
4) Artichokes:

Edible Perennials in our Garden:

Asian pear
black raspberries
Egyptian walking onions
fig tree
French Sorrel
garlic chives
Good King Henry
honey berries
Italian dandelion
lemon balm
paw paw trees
red veined sorrel
salad burnet
sea kale
sylvetta arugula
tree collards

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20 thoughts on “Toward a Do-nothing Gardening, pt 2: Edible Perennials (Lazy Gardening)”

  1. Now, since I can't give the front gardens any protection this winter, should I compost mulch by wood chips and aged manure and wood chips until spring or february. will the wood chips ready to be planted then, and should my swiss chard be how tall or ready for transplant into the cold? My husband really treating me w covernant, and said that he will have to build a wooden fence around it to fence off the neighbors, and my garden low hoop tunnel of plastic or shade cloth. it is a hard battle for me to up grow something, anything, because he's against garndening and called me some farmer, or I will have to move out to some farming country now. that's what I have to listen to all the time to get permission. Yes, I should just let it goes to sleep this winter. what do you think. thanks.

  2. I love the nod to the book The One Straw Revolution. That book is on my top 3 favorite books list. Really resonated on a deep level with me well beyond just the surface subject of gardening.

  3. most pears are no spray no effort, others include liberty apple, blackberry, raspberries, Norton grape which is not just a wine grape but good for fresh eating, muscadines, sour cherries (but they seem sweet to me) gooseberries, walnuts, certain pecans, asparagus. The Dunstan chestnut. there are more but I can't remember the names. I don't really understand why more peeps don't put out a fruiting tree or bush, if only for the birds or the squirrels. why an ornamental tree when you can have a huge pecan that may live for 300 years?

  4. Have you tried creating a microclimate for tomatoes and peppers using stones and rocks?
    I haven't tried tomatoes yet but it works well for me with a grapevine here in Ireland. Rocks store heat from the sun an release it at night.
    Place them around the bed in a small wall to block wind and build up as the plant grows eventually placing them right around the base of individual plants, this will help ripen fruit faster too. Rain (acidic water) also washes minerals from rocks down into the root sytem. Then throw unused or damaged tomatoes into the gaps in the stones to reseed for next year.

  5. I live in a zone 4 bordering on zone 5(near the northern part of New York state on the Canadian side). I would like to know where I can get these seeds and if there would be a problem getting them shipped to Canada?

  6. Hi! I love your channel. Thanks for all the information you provide us! Can you tell me where you are growing the paw paw trees? Do they require much space and sun? I'm in Zone 5b, and barely get 6 hours of sun in the backyard because of all the nearby trees, but I'm curious how you are making it work, because I love paw paws. Thank you!!

  7. I mainly grow red raspberries, with a few blackberry and black raspberry bushes, that is until this year when I got to use another section of the yard to grow more blackberries, black raspberries, plus some yellow raspberries, a few more varieties of red raspberries, and yet another section for some blueberries, and still another section for red currants, gooseberries, and grapes. That, and I have plans to grow strawberries and arctic/hardy kiwi, plus other things in the future.

    Of course, we'll have to see what the future says.

  8. We have a lovage plant that comes back every year. The lovage is one of the first plants to poke through the ground in the spring, It is still growing in late november. We harvest the leaves spring through late fall. Our plants grow 8 ft tall. Good in salads soups . Dried seeds good for seasoning sour kraut

  9. I live in zone 5 too. I started maypops from seed, as they die to the ground in zone 5 and grow back in the spring. I had great results with them. I added cold hardy prickly pear this year. Also, I grow Nanking cheery and carmine jewel cherry. I have sweet scarlet goumi which is my favorite plant. Thank you for sharing what you grow! My only herbs are Apple mint, lemon thyme, and chives. I want to grow more. I'm going to try some of the plants on your list.

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