Why grow perennial vegetables? Are there enough of them for growing to be worthwhile?
When I began experimenting with perennial veggies (over eight years ago now) I hoped that it may be possible to find some varieties that would live in the garden year after year; that would be hardy, productive, reliable and tasty. Following the methods and rationale of forest gardening, and concentrating on the herbaceous /shrub layer I hoped to find a range of practical, useful perennial veggies. I had no idea where the research would lead, but I was determined that if these plants were out there somewhere, then I would track them down.
I now have a range of perennial veggies happily living in the garden which provide food for virtually no work through the year. It has taken quite a lot of work to track them down and learn how to grow them, but that has all been great fun.
I grow them in polycultures which also derives from forest gardening and has the benefits of building up fertility, creating a bio-diverse, nature friendly garden. I am experimenting with perennials and polycultures in various containers as well. I supplement the perennials with some annual vegetables that we love – chiefly summer salad leaves and tomatoes in containers and beans and peas mixed in with the perennials.
Because I have been able to find a useful selection of perennial veggies and produce reliable food from them I have hopes that the “method” I have used can be adopted by others. If you would like to grow at least some of your food with as little input of time and labour as possible and do not mind (or even welcome) a garden that is something of a nature friendly muddle, then you will be able to pick up lots of information from this blog.
I plan to have open days or run day courses about perennial veggies and polycultures and will do specific posts about this in due course.
It would be nice to know a bit about people who find and read the blog – is your interest in perennial veggies, forest gardening, permaculture, transition …………? I love getting comments and feedback and it helps in deciding what to cover in my posts. Also please get in touch to just say hello, or to share the passion for growing perennial veggies, polycultures and permaculture in general. If you want to ask any questions that I may be able to help with feel free to ask and I will do what I can.
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Best wishes, Anni