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Asked August 14, 2017, 4:53 PM EDT

Best plants for edible permaculture in Klamath falls

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The website, deepgreenpermaculture.com, defines "permaculture" as a garden philosophy that "emulates systems that exist in Nature.... and to create food production systems which integrate harmoniously with the natural environment."It is a philosophy which embraces organic gardening techniques, biodynamic gardening, no-till agriculture, composting and other sustainable gardening practices,including efficient building design, water harvesting, waste-water treatment and recycling. Because there is no "prescribed" list of vegetables you should grow in a permaculture situation, you are limited only by those forces of nature that the rest of the gardeners in your area are limited by.These include availability of water in summer, close attention to the days to maturity required of a specific variety (Klamath Falls has a modestly shorter growing season than its neighbors in Rogue Valley and the Umpqua drainage), frost sensitivity (winter temps in Klamath can reach as low as 0 or -5 , depending on the altitude), and soil fertility. You should plan to practice careful rotation of crop families to avoid buildup of certain disease and pest problems.
Think edible landscaping as well as perennial vegetables. Fruit trees and berry bushes provide not only food, but shade, wind breaks,boundary fences. Many other vegetables such as chard, kale, eggplant, and herbs are beautiful and useful additions to a flower garden. Perennial vegetables include sorrel, chicory, asparagus, horseradish,rhubarb. Almost all varieties of standard vegetable crops can be grown, with the possible exception of long-days-to-maturity melons, okra, artichoke, and heirloom tomatoes. Planting in "guilds" of plants that are similar in root structure, amount of ground space, and water use can be helpful. The classic corn, squash and beans is one such "guild". Also useful is to zone the placement of your vegetables in groups that require similar watering-- those varieties which tolerate drought should be close together and high water users clustered together.
We hope this information is useful to you. For further information on gardening in Klamath Basin, you can scan extension.oregonstate.edu/groups/kbrec. Some years ago, the Klamath Master Gardeners published Information on gardening titled something like High and Dry, Gardening in the Klamath Basin. You may be able to access this publication in the local library or at the Extension Office. Information on permaculture is also available on rodalesorganiclife, com; and permaculturenews, org. Thank you for using Ask an Expert.