The Backyard Larder

A place to explore and buy perennial vegetables and other food plants.

The Everlasting Salad

I’ve been picking salad leaves just from perennial vegetable plants to see what might go into the salad bowl without doing any annual sowing. I forgot a few prime candidates, amongst them the watercress which is growing in the backyard in pots placed in a tub of water and the mallows (I’m growing musk mallow […]

Perennial Vegetables for the Hungry Gap

We’re right in the “hungry gap”; and if my family was relying on the annual vegetables I grew last year we’d be very hungry indeed. I failed miserably with pumpkins last summer through massive and sustained slug attacks, I didn’t grow enough carrots to store, we ate almost all the leeks by Christmas, the potatoes […]