224 pages, colour illustrations
Perennial vegetables are a joy to grow and require a lot less time and effort than annuals. In How to Grow Perennial Vegetables Martin Crawford gives comprehensive advice on all types of perennial vegetable (edible plants that live longer than three years), from ground-cover plants and coppiced trees to plants for bog gardens and edible woodland plants.
There are many advantages to growing perennial vegetables, for example:
- they need less tillage than conventional vegetables and so help retain carbon in the soil
- the soil structure is not disturbed in their cultivation
- they extend the harvesting season, especially in early spring
- and, of course, they are much less work.
Part One looks at why and how to grow these crops, and how to look after them for maximum health. Part Two features over 100 perennial edibles in detail, both common and unusual – from rhubarb to skirret; Jerusalem artichoke to nodding onions.
How to Grow Perennial Vegetables offers inspiration and information for all gardeners, whether experienced or beginner, and also includes plenty of cooking tips. It includes beautiful colour photographs and illustrations throughout.
"Martin is a true pioneer and his work deserves respect and celebration."
- Permaculture Magazine
"Martin Crawford is a frontiersman, a pioneering teacher and an inspiration. Both his work and his garden are national treasures."
- Chris Nichols, Director of the Ashridge MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility
Foreword by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Part 1 An introduction to perennial vegetables
Why grow perennial vegetables?
What is a perennial vegetable?
The case for growing perennials
2. Growing perennial vegetables
Types of perennial plant
Perennial tuber and root crops
Perennial vegetables and ground-cover plants
Growing perennial vegetables under existing trees
Growing aquatic perennial vegetables
Native and non-native plants
3. Maintenance of perennial vegetables
Harvesting and yields
Part 2 Perennial vegetables A–Z
Appendix: Common and Latin names
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Martin Crawford started his working life a computer programmer but his passion for organic gardening quickly led to a change in career. He has had broad and varied horticultural/agricultural experience over the last 25 years. He is a director of 'Gaia', a Trust formed by James Lovelock to further his work. See www.agroforestry.co.uk for more information.