Weekend homesteading requires good time management. The more perennials you grow, the more time you have to expand the homestead. Normally we think of perennials as flowers, but I'm starting to think of them as perennial herbs, perennial fruits and perennial vegetables. Perennials are an important part of a permaculture garden.
Perennial Fruit and Herb GuildFruit/Vegetable/Herb guilds and companion planting are the key to success with organic gardening. The mix of different plants helps deter bugs, feeds each other nutrients, crowd weeds out and shades the soil. This avoids using pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and watering every day. This perennial guild that is successful for me in Zone 4.
|Perennial Guild: Tall dill with thyme at base|
and ground cherries starting behind.
Perennial Guild with Ground cherries, chamomile, dill, thyme, sage
|Perennial guild in late summer: bushy sage, fruiting ground cherries,|
dried dill seed tops (sunflower in center).