Perennial gardens are the backdrop of every homestead. These four tips will get you started planting different types of perennial gardens all around your property. This is Farm Fresh Tuesday #2
As we prepare to move to our new homestead in the next few weeks, I have been pondering where to plant my herbaceous perennials beds and herb garden. Because we will be living in a standard size (.22 acre) suburban lot, I need to be intentional about what I plant. My goal is to have every plant on the property have either nutritional or medicinal value.
There is no room for fluff!
These are a few of the rules I’ll be following as I get things set up. How do you decide what to plant on your property? Does it just need to be beautiful, or is there more to your choice?
Plant a Diversity of Plants
Try to use as many native choices as possible and plant a lot of different types of plants for your needs. You can reduce soil erosion with properly placed shrubs, trees, and cover plants. You can plant pollinators, water collectors, and beautiful flowering plants that help ward off pests and still bring beauty to your yard.
Grow Perennial Plants
It doesn’t make sense to have to keep replanting things over and over every single year four times a year. While there are some annuals that have value (calendula, basil) think instead about planting perennials strategically so that each year at the right time of year you have new plants without messing with the soil and digging all the time.
Don’t Leave Your Garden Soil Naked
For your food and herb gardens, and any soil that you’re preparing, it’s imperative that you don’t leave your soil uncovered during the hot summer or cold winter months. You can cover it with natural mulch, compost, and straw. Or you can grow cover crops such as legumes, which will add nutrients to the soil.
Think Maintenance Free
When you are planning your garden, try to think about the type of maintenance that you’re going to have to do to keep the garden going. Plant and design with that in mind so that you can work with nature instead of against it.
My pick for the entries from Farm Fresh Tuesdays #1 is Homesteads Should Plant Perennial Garden Too – from Capturing the Charmed Life.
Their article has 10 great tips for bringing perennials onto the homestead and for using them effectively. This is tip number four:
Don’t be afraid of using your favorite plants over and over and over. I like a swathe of lavender that creates a sea of color. Penstemon is lovely too, as seen in the above photograph, but the deer find it enticing so I won’t sprinkle it too far and wide. Assume you can plant multiples of the same plants but think planting in odd numbers like 3, 5, 7. Perfect symmetry looks too ‘perfect’ in a garden.
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