The Backyard Larder

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Exploring the possibilities of the perennial vegetable garden.

Ali’s Alliums

Edible Allium bed

It’s been all change at my perennial vegetable allotment recently. I’ve been relocating plants to make room for two ‘sand beds’ for plants which haven’t been doing so well in the clay soil, but also to establish a bed with larger colonies of the perennial leeks and onions we most like to cook with. Here […]

Trying perennial cardoon shoots – unblanched!

Young cardoon shoot

Last June I wrote a post about blanching perennial cardoons earlier in the year than the autumn blanching recommended for plants sown in the spring. Why? Because perennially grown plants are already full and leafy by mid-spring. I had a bit of a problem with tough leaf stalks though, and so will be starting soon […]