I am exhibiting again at Shrewsbury Flower Show this coming Friday and Saturday – 12th and 13th August. Last year I was part of a group that grew the plants for and built a permaculture themed show garden. This year I am exhibiting in the ‘Our Futures’ marquee (as in 2014) along with Emma Lawrence (my friend and author of two children’s books – The Worm and Slugs & Snails; Fordhall Farm, Shropshire Organic Gardeners, Shropshire Wildlife Trust and the Dorothy Clive Garden. We are each presenting ideas for making our gardens, countryside and food chain more sustainable.
I ran out of space on the wall behind as I covered it with plants, so this blog is for further information for visitors to the show as well as you, my usual blog readers. There are pictures (only) of the same plants growing in my garden on the original post on my other blog – see the link below – and I have given a bit of explanation here:
I grew perennial vegetables with annual vegetables and other plants in eight potato sacks:
The back row from left to right – (1) mashua and earth nut pea (edible tubers), (2) oca (edible tuber) and runner bean, (3) Jerusalem artichoke (edible tuber) and fennel, (4) runner bean, yacon (edible root) and good King Henry (edible leaves).
The front row from left to right – (1) cardoon (edible leaves and flower buds) and sea kale (edible leaves), skirret (edible roots), (2) Welsh onion (all edible) and marjoram, (3) fennel, carrot (second year) and parsley, (4) leaf beet (edible leaves), nasturtium (edible leaves and flowers) and day lily (edible flowers).
The fennel, marjoram, carrot and parsley are there for the insects and the runner beans and earth nut pea plants also fix nitrogen.
It was looking a bit sparse so I popped to the local garden centre and added blueberry, spindle, asparagus, agastache, astrantia, parsley and lavender. All of these will be relocated afterwards to my garden.
It is time for Shrewsbury’s annual flower show this coming Friday and Saturday and I am representing the world of perennial vegetables.