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How to Grow Perennial Vegetables Low-maintenance, low-impact vegetable gardening by Martin Crawford
  

How to Grow Perennial Vegetables Low-maintenance, low-impact vegetable gardening

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Synopsis

How to Grow Perennial Vegetables Low-maintenance, low-impact vegetable gardening by Martin Crawford

Perennial vegetables are a joy to grow and require a lot less time and effort than annuals. In this book Martin Crawford gives comprehensive advice on all types of perennial vegetable (edible plants that live longer than three years), from ground-cover plants and coppiced trees to plants for bog gardens and edible woodland plants. There are many advantages to growing perennial vegetables, for example: they need less tillage than conventional vegetables and so help retain carbon in the soilthe soil structure is not disturbed in their cultivationthey extend the harvesting season, especially in early spring and, of course, they are much less work. Part One looks at why and how to grow these crops, and how to look after them for maximum health. Part Two features over 100 perennial edibles in detail, both common and unusual - from rhubarb to skirret; Jerusalem artichoke to nodding onions. This book offers inspiration and information for all gardeners, whether experienced or beginner, and also includes plenty of cooking tips. It includes beautiful colour photographs and illustrations throughout.

Reviews

A lot of information is packed into a relatively short space... Lots of the plants listed were new to me entirely, or as an edible possibility. Now I'm not only thinking where edible perennials may fit on my allotment, but also in my garden too! This is an informative and detailed book, which I shall be returning to again and again. * vegplotting.blogspot * This lovely book makes it clear that we are not just missing a trick, we are missing a feast. -- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall I admire tremendously the first-hand experience which informs Martin Crawford's writing. This book leads us down the path to a wealth of perennial vegetables and tells us how to combine them successfully. -- Anne Swithinbank A really useful book... Let us start freeing outselves from the tyranny of the annual sowing, thinning and planting regime. -- Bob Flowerdew At last an indepth book on perennial vegetables combined with Martin Crawford's usual diligence of research - essential reading. -- Ben Law


About the Author

Martin Crawford has spent over 20 years in organic agriculture and horticulture and is director of The Agroforestry Research Trust, a non-profit-making charity that researches into temperate agroforestry and all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops. The Trust produces several publications and a quarterly journal, and sells plants and seeds. See www.agroforestry.co.uk for more information.

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Publication date

1st April 2012

Author

Martin Crawford

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Publisher

Green Books

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables

ISBN

9781900322843

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