Possible SPAM::[NAFEX] Fwd: Midwestern edible perennials?

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Fri Nov 12 14:00:05 EST 2004

I would certainly rank Crandall currant as one of the tougher plants one
can grow, along with other wild fruits (such as wild plum, chokecherry,
juneberry and any of the improved elderberries).  Any of the rhubarb
cultivars and Mary Washington (or any other rust-resistant) asparagus
would also be very forgiving of neglect.

Others you might consider are Redlake or Rovada red currant; Pixwell or
Lepaared gooseberry; Nanking cherry; western sand cherry (Prunus
besseyi) hybrids (if you can find them); fireblight-resistant pears,
such as Harrow Delight, Harvest Queen, Maxine or Moonglow; Dolgo
crabapple; Northstar or Meteor pie cherry; Stanley, Mount Royal or Green
Gage European plum; and American-Japanese hybrid plums (such as
Alderman, Superior, Toka); Darrow blackberry; Swenson Red or Mars
Seedless grape; Blackhawk black raspberry; Heritage and Boyne red
raspberry; Royalty purple raspberry; and perhaps some of the black
walnut and hybrid hazelnuts that have demonstrated superior performance
in Iowa. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn. (USDA zone 4b)


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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Jeff Hall
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2004 11:01 AM
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Subject: Possible SPAM::[NAFEX] Fwd: Midwestern edible perennials?

Hello All,
The group Digging Deeper, headed up by Rick Hartmann of PFI, and Teva
Dawson and Susan Stringer of the Des Moines Community Gardening
Coalition, is looking for information on edible perennials. We are
looking for the toughest varieties, or at least local varieties that can
withstand possible disease, wind damage, pollution, or drought. We are
placing these trees, shrubs and other edible perennials at elementary
schoolyards, homeless shelters, and community centers where volunteers
will be taking over the care after the first three years. What we're
asking for is your knowledge and experience with certain varieties. We
are looking for diversity, depth, and the ever-popular, "low
maintenance". Here are few specific questions:

1.What varieties of any of the following do you find most disease
resistant and successful? Apples, Pears, Peaches(!), cherries (sweet and
sour), pawpaw, apricots, nut trees(!), root vegetables, strawberries,
raspberries, jostaberries, blueberries, asparagus, any other exciting
edible we missed

2. Do you know anything about the history of these plants that could be
noted?(i.e. Did it grow in Iowa pre-20th century, is there a story
behind the name of the fruit)

3. Do you have any special tricks for implementation?

4. Where on your land do you plant these and why? (wind break, erosion,

5. Do you use organic pest management or disease treatments?

6. Finally and most importantly, we are looking for wholesale nurseries
that you can trust and recommend?

Please send responses to Todd Kimm at this email address
(todd at practicalfarmers.org) and he will relay the info.

Thank you so much for your time,
Rick Hartmann, Teva Dawson and Susan Stringer
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