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Growing perennial foods : a field guide to raising resilient herbs, fruits & vegetables
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Gardeners know the advantages to growing perennials: healthier soil, a reduction in soil erosion, and a more efficient use of rainwater. But in North America, we tend to think of perennials as primarily ornamental rather than food-producing. Regenerative farmer Tucker believes that taking cues from how plants grow in the wild will allow for cultivated gardens that produce bountiful harvests while addressing concerns about global climate change. This guide to creating a regenerative food garden starts with addressing the existing soil and moves through all the steps needed to create a healthy, nurturing bed. Tucker then recommends a variety of perennial herbs, fruits, and vegetables, including information for how to plant, grow, and harvest each, along with potential challenges specific to each plant. One recipe is included for each plant, with most of the recipes vegan or vegetarian. While the majority of these plants are able to survive winter in many parts of North America, some are tender and will need to be moved inside during cold months. A FAQ section and glossary are appended.--Anne Heidemann Copyright 2019 Booklist

Recipient of the GardenComm Emergent Communicator Award for 2023: Acadia Tucker

Acadia Tucker's long love affair with perennial foods has produced this easy-to-understand guide to growing, harvesting, and eating them.

A regenerative farmer and gardener deeply concerned about global warming, Acadia Tucker believes there may be no better time to plant perennials. Sturdy and deep-rooted, perennials can weather climate extremes more easily than annuals. They can thrive without chemical fertilizers and pesticides. And they don't need as much water, either.

These long-lived plants also help build healthy soil, turning the very ground we stand on into a carbon sponge.

In this book, Tucker lays the groundwork for tending an organic, sustainable garden. She includes practical growing guides for 34 popular perennials, among them, basil, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, artichokes, asparagus, garlic, radicchio, spinach, and sweet potatoes, and wraps in a recipe for each of the plants profiled.

Growing Perennial Foods is for gardeners who want more resilient plants. It's for people who want to do something about climate change, and the environment. It's for anyone who has ever wanted to grow food, and is ready to begin.

Table of Contents
Let's Grow Some Good Foodp. ix
It Starts with Good Soilp. 1
Test Your Soilp. 4
Plan Your Gardenp. 7
Build Your Plant Bedp. 11
Choose Your Plantsp. 16
Keep Your Garden Healthyp. 20
Profiles in Resiliencep. 29
Basilp. 33
Chivep. 39
Lavenderp. 45
Leaf Fennelp. 51
Lemon Balmp. 57
Mintp. 63
Oreganop. 67
Parsleyp. 73
Rosemaryp. 79
Sagep. 83
Sorrelp. 89
Thymep. 93
Blackberryp. 99
Blueberryp. 105
Currantp. 111
Goji Berryp. 117
Grapep. 123
Huckleberryp. 129
Raspberryp. 135
Strawberryp. 141
Artichokep. 149
Asparagusp. 155
Beansp. 161
Broccolip. 167
Garlicp. 173
Pepperp. 179
Radicchiop. 185
Rhubarbp. 191
Spinachp. 197
Sunchokep. 203
Sweet Potatop. 209
Tomatop. 215
Walking Onionp. 223
Watercressp. 229
Currant Yogurt Parfaitp. 115
Goji Berry Granolap. 121
My Mom's Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakesp. 110
Balsamic and Honey Roasted Asparagusp. 160
Basil Sunflower Seed Pestop. 38
Bean Ragoutp. 165
Butternut Squash and Sage Risottop. 87
Cabbage and Fennel Coleslawp. 56
Chive and Parsley Hummusp. 43
Couscous Salad with Parsley, Veggies, and Kalamata Olivesp. 77
Grilled Marinated Artichokep. 154
Fried Walking Onionsp. 227
Pasta with Perennial Spinachp. 207
Radicchio Salad with Oregano and Orange Vinaigrettep. 189
Roasted Sunchokesp. 201
Roasted Tomato Soupp. 221
Sautéed Mushrooms with Thymep. 96
Savory Broccoli Galettep. 172
Sorrel, Spinach, and Lentil Saladp. 92
Stuffed Bell Peppers with Tahini Yogurt Dressingp. 183
Thick-Cut Sweet Potato Friesp. 213
Tomato Sauce with Oreganop. 71
Watercress Salad with Avocado, Cucumber, and Red Onionp. 233
Baked Peaches and Rosemaryp. 82
Raspberry Crispp. 139
Rhubarb and Apple Piep. 196
Jams, spreads, and condiments
Grape and Ginger Chutneyp. 127
Huckleberry and Lime Jamp. 133
Roasted Garlic Spreadp. 178
Strawberry Basil Jamp. 145
Blackberry Gin Spritzp. 104
Fresh Mint Teap. 66
Lavender Lemonadep. 49
Lemon Balm and Ginger Cough Syrupp. 61
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 235
I don't have a yard. Can I still grow good food?p. 235
Where can I find information on frost dates?p. 237
How do I make my own compost?p. 238
How do I shop for compost?p. 241
What can I use for mulch?p. 242
When and how do I fertilize my plants?p. 243
What do the three numbers on store-bought fertilizer mean?p. 244
How do I fight weeds without using herbicides?p. 245
What organic pest solutions can I use?p. 247
How do I grow tomatoes and peppers year round?p. 251
What's the best way to move a plant from a pot into the ground?p. 252
Glossaryp. 255
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