Growing perennial foods : a field guide to raising resilient herbs, fruits & vegetables / written by Acadia Tucker ; illustrated by Krishna Chavda.

Main Author: Tucker, Acadia,
Published: San Francisco, CA : Stone Pier Press, [2019]
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Summary

Acadia Tucker's long love affair with perennial foods has produced this easy-to-understand guide to growing and harvesting them. A regenerative farmer who is deeply concerned about global warming, Tucker believes there may be no better time to plant these hardy crops.

Perennials can weather climate extremes, promote healthy soil, mitigate drought conditions, and thrive without chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Many can be harvested year round. They taste good, pack lots of nutrients, and require little tending. In short, the world is a better place with more perennials in it and this book intends to get us there.

Tucker inspires action by first laying the groundwork for tending an organic, regenerative garden. She highlights the 10 steps she recommends gardeners take to help perennial foods thrive. But most of the book is dedicated to profiles of popular perennial herbs, fruit, and vegetables, with explicit instructions on how to plant, grow, and harvest them. Tucker also offers suggestions on how to store and preserve perennials.

Growing Perennial Foods is illustrated with dozens of pen & ink drawings and ends with a short chapter on frequently asked questions. And since this is a field guide, each profile gives readers enough space to write in any additional notes.

While designed for gardening novices, this book is also for experienced gardeners who want to grow more resilient crops, and could use a little guidance.

Growing Perennial Foods is part of our Growing Food book series and a companion guide to Growing Good Food: A Citizen's Guide to Backyard Carbon Farming, which is also written by Acadia Tucker and set to publish in the summer of 2019.


Table of Contents

Let's Grow Some Good Food

p. ix

It Starts with Good Soil

p. 1

Test Your Soil

p. 4

Plan Your Garden

p. 7

Build Your Plant Bed

p. 11

Choose Your Plants

p. 16

Keep Your Garden Healthy

p. 20

Profiles in Resilience

p. 29

Herbs

Basil

p. 33

Chive

p. 39

Lavender

p. 45

Leaf Fennel

p. 51

Lemon Balm

p. 57

Mint

p. 63

Oregano

p. 67

Parsley

p. 73

Rosemary

p. 79

Sage

p. 83

Sorrel

p. 89

Thyme

p. 93

Fruits

Blackberry

p. 99

Blueberry

p. 105

Currant

p. 111

Goji Berry

p. 117

Grape

p. 123

Huckleberry

p. 129

Raspberry

p. 135

Strawberry

p. 141

Vegetables

Artichoke

p. 149

Asparagus

p. 155

Beans

p. 161

Broccoli

p. 167

Garlic

p. 173

Pepper

p. 179

Radicchio

p. 185

Rhubarb

p. 191

Spinach

p. 197

Sunchoke

p. 203

Sweet Potato

p. 209

Tomato

p. 215

Walking Onion

p. 223

Watercress

p. 229

Recipes

Breakfast

Currant Yogurt Parfait

p. 115

Goji Berry Granola

p. 121

My Mom's Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

p. 110

Dishes

Balsamic and Honey Roasted Asparagus

p. 160

Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto

p. 38

Bean Ragout

p. 165

Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto

p. 87

Cabbage and Fennel Coleslaw

p. 56

Chive and Parsley Hummus

p. 43

Couscous Salad with Parsley, Veggies, and Kalamata Olives

p. 77

Grilled Marinated Artichoke

p. 154

Fried Walking Onions

p. 227

Pasta with Perennial Spinach

p. 207

Radicchio Salad with Oregano and Orange Vinaigrette

p. 189

Roasted Sunchokes

p. 201

Roasted Tomato Soup

p. 221

Sautéed Mushrooms with Thyme

p. 96

Savory Broccoli Galette

p. 172

Sorrel, Spinach, and Lentil Salad

p. 92

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Tahini Yogurt Dressing

p. 183

Thick-Cut Sweet Potato Fries

p. 213

Tomato Sauce with Oregano

p. 71

Watercress Salad with Avocado, Cucumber, and Red Onion

p. 233

Dessert

Baked Peaches and Rosemary

p. 82

Raspberry Crisp

p. 139

Rhubarb and Apple Pie

p. 196

Jams, spreads, and condiments

Grape and Ginger Chutney

p. 127

Huckleberry and Lime Jam

p. 133

Roasted Garlic Spread

p. 178

Strawberry Basil Jam

p. 145

Drinks

Blackberry Gin Spritz

p. 104

Fresh Mint Tea

p. 66

Lavender Lemonade

p. 49

Remedies

Lemon Balm and Ginger Cough Syrup

p. 61

Frequently Asked Questions

p. 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

Glossary

p. 255