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Christy Garner

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SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, CA
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I’ve had wild nettle appear in my fruit orchard. It made me smile because I’ve read that nettle is an indicator species of fertile soil. I live in a Sandhill habitat and have hauled in hundreds of loads of wood chip mulch to build topsoil, so seeing nettles arrive to my orchard makes me very happy.  🌱
4 days ago
I love your wish list!  I’ve got quite a few of the things you’re looking for. I live in the Santa Cruz mountains, zone 9.

My passion is growing perennial veggies and medicinal herbs. Sounds like we share similar passions. Happy to trade.

I’ve got plant starts or divisions of:
Salad burnet
Horehound
White sage
Mullein
Yarrow
Fennel
Tons of perennial brassicas (I’ve been growing out Chris Homanic’s grex for the last 3 years and have a few awesome new varieties)
Caucasian spinach
Perpetual spinach
Longevity spinach
Okinawan spinach
York elderberry
Lemon balm
Feverfew
Self heal
Heritage raspberries
Chocolate mint
A large variety of runner beans
Cistus ladanifer
Merritt collard

I have most of the other medicinal herbs you’ve listed growing, but they need to expand a bit before dividing. 😊
4 days ago
This is an awesome discussion!  My passion is primarily perennial vegetables, but I love this concept of incorporating self-seeding annuals into the beds.  This season I am underplanting Mitsuba (perennial parsley) and cilantro under my asparagus and temperate tulsi (holy basil) under my sunchokes.  I imagine that these plants will enjoy a bit of the shade provided and they have fairly shallow roots, so shouldn't disturb the perennials.  I'll let you know how it goes.  :)  

One question that occurs to me is how to efficiently build soil fertility in these beds.  Currently I cover crop all of my garden beds with soil builder mix in the fall and then dig it in or chop and drop to improve soil fertility for the next planting season.  I imagine that cover cropping won't work well in conjunction with self seeding, as I will inadvertently chop or disturb many of the veggies that are trying to sprout.  For those of you who have more experience in self-seeding veggies, what are you doing to increase fertility in these beds?  
1 month ago
I live on a permaculture homestead in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. We have a vibrant permaculture community here. You might consider looking in the Boulder Creek area for more reasonable land for your homesteading. You may also want to connect with the folks at Santa Cruz Permaculture to find others who share your vision. Sending you lots of positive energy for your homesteading dreams. ⛰
1 month ago
Leigh, I’m happy to share my experiences so far. What growing zone are you in?  I’m in 9b, but most perennial collards and kales can go down to zone 6 or 7 just fine.

They can either be staked up or are quite happy to ramble along the ground. I stake mine to keep them out of reach of the wild turkeys that frequent my orchard.

They are especially delicious this time of year because the cold weather increases their sugar content.

I’ve experimented with growing out 50 different perennial greens each season, saving seed from my favorites, and then planting that seed the following year. At this point, I have 7 perennial kales and collards that I’m really excited about.

I’m hoping to stabilize their genetics and be able to share them soon.

Happy growing!
1 month ago
I planted saffron bulbs a few years ago in my food forest. I have them planted with daffodils, gladiolas, crinum, and freesia. In addition to the saffron threads, they are a wonderful attractant for the bees in the Autumn. They bring so much joy to the Fall. Just as things are winding down for winter, these beauties spring to life.
2 months ago
I love perennial greens!  I’ve been breeding perennial collards and kales for the last several years. I have a few specimens which are really promising and have been reliably perennial and taste terrific. These plants are entering their third winter and are still going strong!
2 months ago
How exciting Patrick!  I haven’t heard of this variety before. I love discovering new perennial veggies!  I’ll join you in a mission to track this one down and will make sure to share if I find any leads.
2 months ago
Thanks TJ. I’m happy to help disperse them if you decide to share. I’m in the Santa Cruz mountains of Cali. I’m going to start some from seed as well and give ‘Em a go.
2 months ago
Tj Jefferson, could I purchase some potato onions for you?  If so, my direct email is: drchristy@simplyvibrant.com. Thanks for considering!
2 months ago