Small Fruits and Perennial Vegetables

Strawberries—Photo credit: MG Gia Parsons Blueberries—Photo credit: Linda Shepherd Asparagus—Photo credit: MG Gia Parsons

Photo credits: MG Linda Shepherd (blueberries); MG Gia Parsons (strawberries & asparagus)

Small Fruits and Perennial Vegetables

One of the highlights of summer is the succession of succulent small fruits, starting with luscious June-bearing strawberries. As perennials, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, currants, goosberries, and other small fruits don’t need to be planted every year and can provide a bountiful crop with relatively little effort. Perennial vegetables discussed in this class include artichokes, rhubarb, and asparagus.

Learn how to grow edible perennials in a healthy, environmentally friendly way, whether you have a container garden, small garden or acreage. This class covers variety selection, soil preferences, fertilizer needs, cultural requirements, major diseases and pests, and pest management techniques. Below are resources to enhance your learning.

The following cultivar recommendations were excerpted from Growing Small Fruits in the Home Garden (FM103E tables 1 & 2); cultivar recommendations can be found in FM103E tables 3 & 4 for raspberries and table 5 for blackberries.

WSU, OSU, and PNW Extension resources:

  • Growing Small Fruits in the Home Garden — WSU Extension Publication FM103E, a free 64-page download PDF on soil science, details how to choose, plant and maintain some of the most popular home-grown small fruits, including blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, kiwi, currants, gooseberries, American elderberries, and lingonberries.
  • Strawberry Cultivars for Western Oregon and Washington — WSU Extension Publication EC 1618, a free 8-page download PDF, coversfruit descriptions, harvest season and yield for strawberry cultivars in this region.
  • Blueberry Cultivars for the Pacific Northwest — PNW Extension Publication PNW 656, a free 13-page download PDF, covers the harvest season, fruit descriptions and yield, for blueberry cultivars in this region.
  • Raspberry Cultivars for the Pacific Northwest — PNW Extension Publication PNW 655, an 11-page download PDF, describes red, yellow, black, and purple raspberry cultivars. It explains the difference between floricane-fruiting and primocane-fruiting cultivars, includes information on commercial value, and identifies which cultivars work well for home gardens.
  • Storing Vegetables and Fruits at Home — WSU Extension Publication EB1326E, a free 13-page download PDF, describes outdoor storage in the mounds, pits, and buried containers, as well as how to regulate temperature and proper moisture in indoor storage locations such as cellars or basements.
  • Lingonberry Production Guide for the Pacific Northwest — OSU Extension Publication PNW 583-E, a free 12-page download PDF on cultivars, cultural management, propagation, harvesting, pests and pest management.
  • Growing Kiwi Fruit — PNW Extension Publication PNW 507, a free 25-page download PDF on how to establish, maintain, harvest, and store kiwifruit.
  • Figs and Kiwi Fruit — WSU Snohomish County Extension, Community Horticulture Fact Sheet #46,a free 2-page online publication, outlines varieties appropriate for Puget Sound gardens, as well as cultural techniques.
  • Organic Pest & Diseas e Management in Home Fruit Trees & Berry Bushes— WSU Extension Publication EM066E, a free 29-page download PDF provides PNW gardeners with an organic approach to keep their homegrown tree fruit and berries pest free.
  • Insect and Disease Control for Home Gardens: Small Fruit Crops  — WSU Extension’s Publication EB1015E, a free 4-page download PDF lists and describes measures for control of the more injurious pests normally encountered.
  • 10 Perennial Vegetables for Years of Garden Freshness — a 2018 article by Andrea Bertoli expands the number of perennial vegetables that can be included in a home garden.
  • Perennial Vegetables for Your Garden: Plant These Once, Eat Forever

From January 30th 2019 class:


Photo credit: MG Gia Parsons



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