How to Grow Perennial Vegetables: Low-Maintenance, Low-Impact Vegetable Gardening

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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 vegetables (edible plants that live longer than three years) including coppiced trees, aquatic plants and edible woodland species. There are many advantages to growing perennial vegetables, for example: they need less tillage than conventionally grown vegetables, so the soil structure is not distrubed in their cultivation and carbon is ...
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Overview

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 vegetables (edible plants that live longer than three years) including coppiced trees, aquatic plants and edible woodland species. There are many advantages to growing perennial vegetables, for example: they need less tillage than conventionally grown vegetables, so the soil structure is not distrubed in their cultivation and carbon is retailed int he soil. They extend the harvesting season, especially in early spring; they are often of more value to beneficial insects than are annual vegetables; many perennial vegetables contain higher levles of mineral nutrients than annuals.
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“Martin Crawford is a frontiersman, a pioneering teacher and an inspiration. Both his work and his garden are national treasures.”  —Chris Nichols, Director of the Ashridge MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility
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Gardeners looking to expand their edible plantings beyond the usual tomatoes and peppers will find a bounty of possibilities in these pages. Crawford's (dir., Agroforestry Research Trust; Creating a Forest Garden) first two chapters introduce the types of perennial vegetables (trees, shrubs, tubers, etc.) and provide general information on why and how to grow them. The remainder of the book is an alphabetical list, by common name (and cross referenced), of more than 100 plants, ranging from familiar favorites to many that will be new to even the most adventurous gardeners and eaters. Each plant profile includes botanical and common names, a brief description of the plant, its hardiness zones, cultivation instructions, and culinary uses. A list of seed and plant suppliers in Europe, Canada, and the United States is also included. Throughout, Crawford emphasizes sustainable, organic gardening practices, and he includes many plants that can be grown in the shade. Culinary and cultivation information is useful but brief, assuming basic horticultural and cooking knowledge. With an index by botanical name. VERDICT This inspiring book is highly recommended for experienced gardeners who wish to broaden their horticultural and culinary horizons.—Janet Crum, City of Hope Lib., Duarte, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781900322843
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge
  • Publication date: 8/27/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 644,207
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Crawford has spent more than 20 years in organic agriculture and horticulture, and is director of the Agroforestry Research Trust, a nonprofit charity that researches 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. He is the author of several books, including Creating a Forest Garden and A Forest Garden Year.

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