I’ve already mentioned how much I love the tulip bulbs I planted over the last few years, which are blooming beautifully now, but there are some other bulbs I recently ordered that I’m even more excited about.
The first one is the Egyptian walking onion which is a perennial onion that you can eat but it also replants itself every year.
If you’re not familiar with these, here’s a great article describing them and why you want them in your food forest/perennial garden.
I also ordered some wild garlic.
It’s also known as the “tree onion” and can be used in cooking as well as a medicinal tea and salve for insect stings. It’s also a perennial and will come back year after year. Both of these grow in zones 3-9, which is perfect for us.
I’m still stocking up on my “safe” store bought dried onions and garlic as well as planting different varieties of them to dehydrate and put up, but adding these will help bulk up our harvest and will hopefully be productive even if we have a bad year with our normal gardening. We are trying to add as many edible perennials as we can every year so this year (so far) it’s the wild garlic, walking onions and elderberries. Last year it was asparagus and another apple tree.
Our goal is to have as much of a food forest as possible for our zone 5 growing area so that we’ll be more self sustaining with less work as we get older.
Speaking of bulbs, I also ordered these nifty rechargeable light bulbs for emergencies.
I wasn’t sure if they were worth the cost but I thought I would buy a few and surprisingly I found they are a great addition to my candles, oil lamps and lanterns.
They work like regular light bulbs (except as you can see, they are MUCH bigger than a regular light bulb) but if the power goes out you can unscrew them and put them into these little hanging hooks that came with them which cause them to light back up without electricity.
They also work if you just hold the end, but the hooks are much easier. I’m testing them out after charging them over the last couple of days and so far they’ve been on for a couple hours and are still quite bright!
So I’m pretty happy with these bulbs, too!
I love having backups for my backups and all of these things definitely fit the bill for that. 🙂