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When buying land is calculated in cost per square foot, every piece of land you can grow something that makes you an income counts. Increase and stabilize your edible landscape or homestead income by growing these high value plants with a focus on perennials, closed-loop systems, and sustainability. You know, the permaculture way.
Bamboo is truly a perennial crop with unlimited growth potential as it is one of the fasted growing plants in the world. You also do not have to destroy the plant to harvest bamboo shoots or babmoo culms as the bamboo will regrow culms during each growth season. For clumping bamboos, the shooting season seems to be in fall while running bamboos put off new shoots in spring.
Either way, one of the great things about bamboo is that you can harvest at nearly any point of the year, if you’re wanting fully formed culms. To harvest the bamboo shoots, which are edible, you’ll have to be around during the shooting season for whichever types of bamboo you are growing.
It is also possible to sell bamboo plants as they readily will grow from rhizome cuttings or can be rooted from harvested culms.
Wasabi being suspiciously difficult to grow has made it an extremely profitable crop to add to any homestead or edible landscape. Whether you sell directly to restaurants or grocery stores or to manufacturers who turn wasabi into powdered wasabi, wasabi-dusted nuts, or hundreds of other wasabi products, the key selling point is somebody has got to grow the wasabi for these plants.
The tragedy of climate change is also damaging and destroying wasabi fields in wasabi’s native growing place of Japan, leaving space in the wasabi market for new growers to come in and grow this delectable rhizome in their own farms, homesteads, and food forests.
3. Fuyu Persimmons
Fuyu Persimmons are one of those fruits that do not travel well when really ripe. That’s because a truly ripe Fuyu Persimmon is very soft and jelly-like. Although it does take Fuyu Persimmon trees a couple of years to get to fruit-bearing size, the fact that these wonderful and delicious fruits are not going to be sold on the shelves at their sweetest, leaves room for those who are wanting to do more You-Pick style farms to offer Fuyu Persimmons at their absolute best.
Fuyu Persimmons Ripening On The Fruit Tree
According to Whole Foods’ website, asparagus is selling for $6/pound.
The great thing about asparagus is that it can be grown in boggy areas of your land and in areas that are a bit on the dry side, once established. Another wonderful thing about asparagus is that it makes for an excellent companion plant between all your fruit trees and other crops that are shade-loving. Asparagus has a very short window in the spring for harvesting edible spears as during the summer, the asparagus plants fern out and do the majority of their growing for the next season. This severely limits the amount of asparagus that is available, making it an excellent crop to add to your homestead.
Here are some tips for growing asparagus pesticide ahd chemical free.
5. Dragon Fruit
Dragon Fruit also does not travel well, costs a GRIP at Kroger, and who can even guess what kind of money Whole Foods or other organic, non-GMO…PQRST grocery stores are selling it for. Dragon fruit at its pique tastes sort of like a pear but also sort of like a kiwi. Anyways, it is packed with nutrients and grows on a tropical cactus that is not cold-hardy. So, for those of you with wonderful greenhouses or edible landscapes in warmer, more tropical areas, adding dragon fruit to your homestead can be an excellent choice for increasing your food crop income in a sustainable and dependable way.