Author Archives: Anni Kelsey

About Anni Kelsey

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

tree following March 2019

afal (apple) trywn mochyn 4.00 pm 3 March 2019 Welsh borders I don’t think my little trwyn mochyn apple tree looks much different to last month, but you can see that the Welsh onions growing nearby are taller and greener … Continue reading

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In time – after watching and waiting – comes doing the minimum. The weather has been far warmer than ‘normal’ for February – last weekend was warm, sunny, sparkling spring like weather – the kind of days we would perhaps … Continue reading

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tree following

I recently came across something new to be fascinated by – tree following!  As explained on The Squirrelbasket website: “Each year, we choose a tree and see what it does: when its leaves appear and when they fall which twigs … Continue reading

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Winter can be an anxious time for gardeners as they contemplate the bad weather out of doors and wonder how well their precious plants will fare.  I have always tried to stick to plants that will cope with the conditions … Continue reading

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Forest Wisdom from North America — HEALING FOREST

This is the kind of harmony that we also need to find with our gardens such that garden and gardener are inextricably linked to our mutual benefit:   Connections between the healing of our society and the healing of our land. … Continue reading

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gardens of delight

I have been blogging for eight years now – starting on 10 January 2011.  Since then there have been 191 posts! My original aim was to explore the world of perennial vegetables and to find out what I could about … Continue reading

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The Sacred Gardener

As a powerful alternative to the consumerist fantasy land that we are invited to inhabit at Christmas here is a video from Steven Martyn – The Sacred Gardener – from Canada and, more fundamentally, from Earth.  Sit down somewhere comfortable, … Continue reading

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