Permaculture Plants: Allium Unifolium

Now that’s a flower that looks so good you could eat it right up. And as it turns out, you can! In Permaculture, we’re always looking for good multi-purpose perennial plants and in that regard you can do no better than the beautiful North American native wild onion, allium unifolium, or “single-leaved onion,” which in actuality is neither an onion (it is not in the “onion” species Allium Cepa) nor single-leaved (it usually has 3.) But never mind that, just look at it! It’s a star in the garden, soft-colored, delicate and detailed up close, but at the same time … Continue reading Permaculture Plants: Allium Unifolium

Stir-Fried Food Forest

With a home forest garden, our meals usually start with a quick trip out the front door. And when we’re busy, “Stir-Fried Food Forest” is often on the menu. Today’s perennial or self-sown veggies all came from within 50 feet of our front door. In about 5 minutes of work, with no required yearly digging or planting, I found perennialized garlic, perennial spring onions, self-sown carrots, sorrel, lovage, turkish rocket “broccoli,” asparagus and a few herbs to spice things up.  A quick chop and a light stir-fry meant dinner went from “farm to table” in about 15 minutes.  You want … Continue reading Stir-Fried Food Forest