Author Archives: Anni Kelsey

About Anni Kelsey

Author of Edible Perennial Gardening and avid researcher into edible perennials and associated useful plants.

Emma Lawrence – the best illustrator

While I was writing Edible Perennial Gardening I knew it needed some very clear illustrations to help make certain points.  I was therefore incredibly fortunate to have a friend with an amazing talent for drawing who took my very rough … Continue reading

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Unintentional emails

I don’t know if this will reach all the people who had spam emails that came from my email today, but I hope that it gets to quite a few of you.  I think it was probably caused by two … Continue reading

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Holiday time…..

We have just been on holiday in the north east of England, close by Newcastle upon Tyne.  The sights that have caught my eye whilst up there include: Northumberlandia – The Lady of the North This is a wonderful sculpture … Continue reading

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Where are the bees?

How are the  bees (and other insects) doing where you are this year? As I have been watching my Telford garden this year I have noticed that there seem to be far fewer bees than in previous years.  I have … Continue reading

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Nature’s way of ‘planting’

I tend to leave the edges of the garden away from the vegetable polycultures to do their own thing as far as is practical.  I have an ever increasing respect for nature knowing what is best and like to trust … Continue reading

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Of edges and hedges

Edges are recognised as important habitats within permaculture.  This is because they represent a zone of change between two different habitats or environments and encapsulate some of the identity of each.  They therefore have the potential to provide for a … Continue reading

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Seen on holiday …..

Just a mention of a few things I noticed whilst having a short camping break this weekend. Firstly, I know it must take a lot of effort to keep camping grounds in order and many sites work hard to landscape with trees, … Continue reading

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Exuberant angelica

Reviewing recent photos confirmed what my senses told me – that when the angelica came up this year it veritably exploded from the ground!  One week it was a relatively small hummock of leafy growth, eight days later it had … Continue reading

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Plans and Priorities for 2014

My general aims for both gardens this year are: To increase the amount of produce from the perennial vegetables already under cultivation – essentially by having more plants. To extend the area under cultivation – in the Borderland garden. To … Continue reading

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In praise of dandelions

Dandelions seem to be universally despised, but not by me!  I love them: they are sunny and cheerful they have deep roots that reach down and bring up nutrients into their leaves which they then donate to the soil they … Continue reading

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