The Backyard Larder

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The Backyard Larder Blog

Exploring the possibilities of the perennial vegetable garden.

July meals

Warm mallow salad (khoubiza)

Here are some of the perennial vegetable dishes we’ve had in July. (For neatness I’ve presented them day by day for a week – but really we’ve eaten these at various times over the course of the month).

Don’t Rush to eat Flowering Rush

Flowering rush - Butomus umbellatus

I’ve got chronic, spasmodic leaky pond trouble – and I’ve had it for years! My latest pond repair was made three weeks ago and I hoped it might have cured things. After making the repair I refilled the pond, but disappointingly an almost empty pond greeted me on my next visit a couple of days […]

June Meals

Warm mallow salad (Khoubiza)

Here are some of the perennial vegetable dishes we’ve had in June. (For neatness I’ve presented them day by day for a week – but really we’ve eaten these at various times over the course of the month).

Hosta regrowth

A quick update on the hostas I harvested last month. I cut all but one young shoot down to its base on three of my four hostas…..

The Resilient Allotment

Globe artichoke and cardoon bed

It’s been a busy spring. Some kind friends have lent us a piece of land in their garden for The Backyard Larder nursery. We’ve been clearing out a greenhouse, starting off sale plants, and weeding and levelling an area for standing out beds for growing them on. I managed meanwhile to keep on top of […]

Hasty Hostas

Hosta shoots

We had a quick lunch of hosta shoots last week. The shoots were unfurling fast. I wanted to try them before they unfurled completely.

April meals

Caucasian spinach and olive pizza

Here are some of the perennial vegetable dishes we’ve had in April. (For neatness I’ve presented them day by day for a week – but really we’ve eaten these at various times over the course of the month).

Fiddleheads!

Ma'susi or fiddleheads

I had my first taste of these treasures today. They are the coiled shoots of the ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris), traditionally harvested by First Nations people in northeastern North America, and introduced by them to European settlers. They are called mahsusiyil by the Maliseet peoples and ma’susi by the Mi’kmaq and known more widely as fiddleheads. They […]

2018 Review

Bath asparagus

The Backyard Larder Blog’s fifth annual review. Spring has been a long time coming this year. Even the perennial vegetable allotment is looking a bit bleak. It has been encouraging to look back at photos of exuberant growth from last year….

Ssh!

A secret seed club and invisible allotments! Ssh! But if you want to know more, read on…..