Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Why a perennial platter?

The reason for my interest perennial crops is that they're less commonly grown than their annual and biennial cousins, and once established perennials generally require less input.

I'm not a gardener that enjoys the processes of sowing, thinning, potting up, planting out, and generally faffing about with annual vegetables; I'm also becoming more inclined to pursue permaculture and practice zero tillage. And while I'm not a permaculturalist in the purest sense, I do follow a lot of the practices of permaculture, so the move towards perennials is a natural progression for me.

Another motivation for writing this blog has been the lack of information available on some of these crops. A good case in point is perennial Kale. There appear to be a lot of people that have read snippets and heard whispers that are looking for these plants, but no one seem to know much in the way of facts or where to get them.

Having been lucky enough to track down some of these perennial brassicas along with some other rare perennial crops, I plan to review them here and provide information (when commercial sources are available) as to where you can buy them. I also plan to discuss my efforts to develop new cultivars, and my attempts to perennialize annual crops through hybridisation.

So that's pretty much it, I intend to put together a post on the perennial Kale in a few days, hope you enjoy.