This fall I’ve been planting a small guerrilla forest garden on some unused public land. My idea is trying to create a system that, once established, continues to produce free food for people year after year even if I (or anybody else) weren’t there to tend to it. So far my plantings include:

- white oak
- siberian peashrub
- gooseberry
- raspberry
- black currant
- strawberry
- lovage
- garlic
- walking onion

I’d love to hear if you guys have ideas what other hardy perennials I could be planting, or any other thoughts about doing this kind of work.

Alkekengi sounds good! I've seen it growing in some peoples yards as an ornamental, but it seems that it's also at least somewhat edible too.

Topinambur would also be nice to have, but I'm a bit worried about it spreading too much.

@RuttokansanTuote This sounds awesome and I hope these all grow well for you!

I really need to read up on guerrilla gardening, it sounds like something I'd definitely want to try.

@RuttokansanTuote Is this Finland? Hard to say anything without knowing what bioregion this is set to take place in

Oh, I forgot to mention that. Yes, this is in Finland, so any plants need to be able to survive -30C during some winters.

@RuttokansanTuote Excuse my resurrecting this thread, I just received this link through the Nordic Permaculture Association and thought it might be of interest to you:

@RuttokansanTuote non-flowering Sorrel. It's perennial, very easy to grow, frost/snow hardy, the only work growing it is picking the leaves to cook.

I blogged about it here & grow it in my #ForestGarden border

Also, Comfrey 'Bocking 14', which has deep roots & brings up trace minerals from deep in the soil & makes them available to other plants nearby. It's great for pollinators, & you can make comfrey liquid from it, an excellent fertiliser.

Sorrel would be awesome, I'd love to have it in my allotment too!

I don't think I'll bother planting comfrey because there's lots of wild biomass/pollinator plants growing on the site already and I'd prefer to focus my limited efforts on planting edibles.

@RuttokansanTuote perhaps some asparagus, or a couple of blueberry/huckelberry hybrids?

If you're ok with harvesting roots, Jerusalem artichoke is nice, but you need to keep it in check or it will spread like crazy.

Asparagus is a great one, I'll have to order some seeds to plant next spring!

There's lots of wild blueberries growing nearby, so I don't think I'll need to plant more, although they are nice.

Harvesting roots is a bit labour-intensive to my taste, but I'm fine with digging up a few. I'm a little worried about the J.chokes spreading, but they could be a nice plant to have if kept in check.

@RuttokansanTuote I LOVE Sweet Cicely, which is quite ornamental, fern like, but has great umbel flowers for pollinators. The leaves are great in salads - they have a slight fennel/aniseed flavour, but you can also add them to fruit when cooking it and it adds sweetness so you don't need sugar.

It'll grow pretty much anywhere, tolerates deep shade and is slug resistant.

It's a UK native though. I don't know if it would be invasive where you are

@RuttokansanTuote I'd also recommend mashua. It produces edible tubers in the autumn, but for the entire rest of the year it also produces edible leaves.

(I grow it more for the leaves than the tubers, because the one thing I can't buy from the local farm shop without plastic is salad. So every time I want salad I go to the garden and pick mashua, sweet cicely and wild rocket.)

Your neighbourhood folks may appreciate a bit of green-stuff for salad.

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