The Backyard Larder

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Exploring the possibilities of the perennial vegetable garden.

Replenishing the Sea Beet

Self-seeded sea beet

Sea beet plants (Beta vulgaris ssp. maritima). A reliable source of great-tasting succulent leaves throughout most of the year. Most excellent perennial vegetable! Well-established now – I think these are four years old. Look at that thick stem! These plants were grown from seed I gathered on Anglesey. Drawing on this study which compared the life span of […]

The Perennial Potato Onion

potato onion split from cluster

In the South Devon and Botanical Society May Show of 1851 you could win a prize of one shilling and sixpence for the ‘best dish of potato onions’. I’m not sure I’d win any prizes for mine but they have in fact done better this year than previously, thanks to further additions of compost to the […]