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The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture Message Board › Perennial Veggies Share/Teach/Learn

Perennial Veggies Share/Teach/Learn

A former member
Post #: 7
I am very interested in this subject and a Portland area meeting would work well but would consider Rockland, or maybe somewhere in between?
Loren B
user 65582502
West Rockport, ME
Post #: 8

Looks like there is momentum for a Portland gathering as well as mid-coast. Your idea for some trials sounds complementary to my desire to spread knowledge and local plant stock for perennials. I will email you to set up a mid-coast meetup on May 26th from 2-5 pm.

A former member
Post #: 8
I'd be in on a Portland session.
Xiknawi M
user 8311780
South Portland, ME
Post #: 88
I'd welcome a Portland or L/A area gathering.
Lewiston, ME
Post #: 23
Bring me up to date? What kinds of perennial veggies (besides asparagus) are we talking about??
Greg M.
user 3541854
Acton, ME
Post #: 500
This can be a very long and wonderfully interesting list Monika! Here's a start:

Lovage, leeks, ramps, rhubarbs, chinese artichoke, jerusalem artichoke, ostrich fern (fiddle heads), violets, siberian purslane, Hablitzia, turkish rocket, bamboo, hostas, daylilies, spiderwort, solomon's seal, hops, good king henry, sea kale, skirret, stinging nettle, perennial grains (rye and wheat), several sorrels, pokeweed, fuki, tiger lily (and other lilies), garlic, cattail, arrowheads, watercress, sweet cicely, marsh mallow, chives, chickory, elderberry (flowers), campanula, welsh onion, potato onion, walking (egyptian) onion, chinese cedar, scorzonera, some sedums, lindens, some mulberry leaves (recently found out the berries are high in resveratrol!), Camassia, sea beet, siberian pea shrub, lotus, air potato, cucumber berry........bunch more, this was just an off the cuff 50. Our diets have become very limited (artificially fertilized corn, wheat, rice and soy making up most of what we eat). Perennial vegetables offer a great deal of needed dietary variety to add to all the super fruits and nuts that we can also grow.

Loren, sorry I haven't volunteered yet to drive up....this time of year (April, May, early June) I'm full blown committed to my planting and maintenance work in the gardens and try to avoid all else if possible. This is something I'd be much more up for in the winter (planning time for spring planting) or summer (planning time for fall planting).
user 59621832
Lincolnville, ME
Post #: 1
I live in Mid-Coast and would love to see more things happen this way! I am in for Rockland!
David S.
Washington, ME
Post #: 935
I have the following already growing.

Lovage, leeks, ramps, rhubarb, jerusalem artichoke, ostrich fern (fiddle heads), violets, purslane, hosta, daylily, solomon's seal, hops, stinging nettle, wood nettle, wood/sheep sorrel, wild garlic, cattail, watercress, marsh mallow, chives, chickory, elderberry, wild sedum, linden, wild lettuce, mayapple, dandelion, sweet fern, coltsfoot, mushrooms and many other.

Does fruit count? That's another list. Got wild berries in spades. Wild highbush blueberries (52 bushes 4-12 ft. tall) viburnums, blackberries, thimbleberries, raspberries, black raspberries, purple raspberries (I don't know how I got this - don't like them - inferior), autumn olive (not planted), huckleberries, cranberries, mountain cranberry, red and black elder, gooseberries (not planted), service berries, chokeberries, etc. Also, apples, peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, grapes, roses, chestnut, walnut, beaked hazelnut. Probably others I forgot.

I live near Rockland BTW.

David Spahr

Gorham, ME
Post #: 600
you definitely have a broader variety of perennial vegs and fruit than I do, David. A few different things I have include honeyberries and Sea Buckthorn, Buffaloberry and Goumi. Of course, I ahve blueberries (not happy anywhere I put them, sadly), elders (around 20 bushes now ranging from about a foot to 8 feet), grapes, Nannyberry, highbush cranberry, the chokeberries and chokecherry (wild...not very tasy to me), plums, a half dozen varieties of nut trees (nowhere near old/large enough to produce nuts), apples peaches, rhubarb, caucasian spinach (just winter sowed the seeds this year...thanks Aaron!), day lilies, cattails, hosta, ramps, elephant garlic, garlic, egyptian walking onions, chives, perennial bunching onions, lovage, various juneberries, tho I am not sure what is soo great about them. Probably a number of wild edibles that I have not identified.

Would like to make an area for perennial root crops, like jerusalem artichoke and apios...maybe in a few years

A former member
Post #: 12
tracking... interested in this topic and would love a meet up in any of the spots disussed.
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