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24/01/2013 10:38am


Well done on a great website. Great ideas and some interesting links to follow.

A quick question. I live in South Australia, where any food-producing perennial plants that I'm aware of need lots and lots of watering to get them through the blistering heat and dry of our summers. Can you suggest any good food-bearing perennial species that that are well adapted to a mediterranean climate with hot dry summers?

Many thanks,

24/01/2013 11:14am

Thanks, Graham. I'm glad you like the site.
I came across an article which seems to answer your query
This information is part of a research project about perennial plants and perennialising annual plants providing food in temperate climate. The first grower sent information about plants for a temperate zone. If you scroll down you will find plants that may suit a mediterranean climate.
Regarding water - we have the opposite problem here in the UK!
However this may help - http://permaculturenews.org/2010/05/20/water-harvesting-and-storage/
If you are looking for smaller-scale solutions try this article here - http://permaculturenews.org/2010/01/07/use-of-small-swales-a-case-study/
You might also like to consider hugelculture http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/ and her is Alys Fowler's own very simple, garden-scale version http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/sep/07/hugelkultur-permaculture-gardening-alys-fowler
Hope this helps,

25/01/2013 11:27am

Thanks Marianne, all very interesting and useful.

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