Perennial veggies are easy to grow, hardy and tasty, and there are more and more available all the time. Everyone should grow them!
When I began experimenting with perennial veggies (over twelve years ago now) there was next to no information ‘out there’ even naming perennial veggies, and still less about where to obtain them. However I had a hunch that if I could research, track down and try growing as many different ones as I could that I might be able to find some that would prove to be hardy, productive, reliable, tasty and long lived. I did not know where my research would lead, but I was determined that if these plants were out there somewhere, then I would track them down.
And I did! I now have a range of perennial veggies – kales and other greens, onions and roots – happily growing and providing food for virtually no work through the year. I grow them in polycultures within a small forest garden, which has the benefits of building up fertility, creating a bio-diverse, nature friendly garden. I also grow lots of fruit and some annual vegetables – chiefly beans and peas mixed in with the perennials. I wrote about the different perennial veggies I experimented with and how to grow them in polycultures in a small forest garden in my book ‘Edible Perennial Gardening‘. There is a list on this blog of the plants that I was growing in polycultures at the time of that publication in 2014.
Since I first began experimenting more people have become interested in both forest gardening and perennial veggies and there are new plants becoming available all the time. If you would like to grow at least some of your food with as little input of time and labour as possible and you welcome a garden that is a nature friendly ‘muddle’, then you will be able to pick up lots of information from this blog. By selecting ‘perennial vegetables’ in the category dropdown box you will find specific posts about them. And for up to date information on the ever expanding range of perennial veggies (and other interesting plants) available in the UK visit my ‘Tried and Tested Suppliers‘ page.
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Best wishes, Anni