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Exploring the possibilities of the perennial vegetable garden.

Vegetables for the Venerable

Sea Kale

This month I haven’t been able to do my monthly picture blog about the perennial vegetable meals we’ve eaten. I’ve been hiding away in a quiet Wiltshire village helping my parents deal with some of the cruel afflictions of old age. Being here though has brought home to me how well a perennial vegetable garden […]

Reichardia picroides

Bracts on Reichardia picroides

I’ve been looking for Reichardia picroides, or Common Brighteyes, for a long time. It is a perennial salad vegetable that appeared on many of the lists I consulted when I first began to collect perennial vegetable plants – but one for which I couldn’t find seed or plants to buy anywhere. Then Twitter came to […]

Jerusalem Artichokes and the Wind (of the flatulent kind)

I’ve eaten Jerusalem artichoke soup three days in a row! I wanted to try out two further suggestions for reducing the flatulent effects of eating these tubers. My previous reading on this topic and experiments are recorded here¬†(harvesting very late – which didn’t make any difference for me) and here (fermentation – which did seem […]

October Meals

Skirret and sea beet pasties

Here are some of the dishes we’ve had using perennial vegetables in October. (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).

Jerusalem Artichokes and the Wind (of the meteorological kind)

Dwarf Sunray Jerusalem artichokes in flower

Some of our red Jerusalem artichokes at the allotment came down during a recent storm. They are sometimes recommended as a windbreak for windy sites, but they really need some support themselves to be useful in this way. I think next year I’ll interweave twine supported by stakes between and around the plants. The other […]

September Meals

Skirret homity pies

Here are some of the dishes we’ve had using perennial vegetables in September. (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).

August Meals

Welsh onion cakes

Here are some of the dishes we’ve had using perennial vegetables in August. (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).

Good King Henry Grain

Cooked Good King Henry grain

Good King Henry is closely related to quinoa – they are both members of the ‘goosefoot’ (from the shape of their leaves) or Chenopodioideae sub-family. So I was interested in using Good King Henry as a pseudocereal just as quinoa is used (a pseudocereal is a non-grass plant whose seed is used as a grain […]

July Meals

Warm mallow salad (khoubiza)

Here are some of the dishes we’ve had using perennial vegetables 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 […]