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Is this the end of annual vegetables? | Perennial Vegetables | Byther Farm


Hello, today I’m going to review of
perennial vegetables. Are they really worth it? I’m Liz Zorab and
this is Byther Farm. Over the last year or so I’ve been planting more and more
perennial vegetables, so I can grow more food for less work . So I’m going to
review the plants have been growing decide whether they’re worth growing
again or not. One of the things that I’ve said repeatedly is that it’s not worth
growing something if you don’t like it and you’re not going to eat it. You’d be
better off growing a plant that’s going to flower or enhance your garden in some
other way, like something being grown for the benefit of pollinating insects. So let’s get started having a look at my perennial veg! investing in perennial
vegetables isn’t always cheap, so these asparagus for example I actually ended
up buying them in bulk and they worked at about 1 pound to 1 pound 50 per krang
but you can’t harvest from them for the first year or two and so it’s a
long-term investment it’s also a long-term investment in terms of the
amount of space they take up these plants can be productive for 20 years or
more we really like asparagus so I think the investment in the time and space and
the money is definitely worth it and it’s actually been relatively
trouble-free all I’ve needs to do is keep the bed fairly weed free to reduce
the amount of competition in here and to give it a good mulch each year and
that’s what I’ll continue to do and it should carry on increasing its yield
year-on-year this tauntingly in cow arrived as a small cutting to root and
they do indeed root very easily from cuttings even in cold weather which is
great news particularly if you have a plant like this one so this went into
the ground and I had high hopes for it but we
haven’t eaten very much of it at all because as you can see rather than being
lush green leaves the caterpillars have decimated this plants and even this week
I’ve been picking caterpillars off its knob viously I haven’t kept on the top
of the caterpillar population here so they have been able to run riots and the
rest of my brassicas are grown under cover
apart from my sacrifice plants I didn’t want this to be a sacrifice plant I
wanted to harvest from this so I think what I’m going to do is go through the
center here and take lots of cuttings and reap those and then grow them under
cover from the word go allow this plot to go on because I can keep on taking
cuttings from it but my lesson learnt here is none of the brassicas in our
garden can be out in the open unless I’m very happy for our very healthy cabbage
white butterfly and cabbage moth population it’s a feast on it so in
terms of yield this plant is now one year old almost one year old since I
took the cutting it’s done really well to produce such a nice big plant
it’s got masses of new growth all of which can become healthy new plants so I
think this was worth the investment in the time and the energy and I really
like the taste of it so this will be replacing some of the other brassicas
that I’ve been growing in terms of I’ll get it under cover and this will become
our main leafy green next year the Egyptian walking onions which I’ve
planted in this bed have done exactly what we wanted them to do they’ve grown
they’ve produced bold bills on top of stems which are bent over and dropped
into the ground and there are some here which got little green shoots on them
they’ve got roots so they will take root in the ground and spread this clump out
so I think these are at success I really like the flavor of them I will keep
these ones this is my walking stick cabbage which eventually will grow much
much taller but again this one has succumbed to severe ravaging but by the
caterpillars and I really don’t know how to grow this so that the caterpillars
can’t get it I can’t keep it covered if it’s going to get to ten feet tall and
so you know what I can even see a caterpillar in here right now let’s
remove that so that’s a little a cabbage moth with a little green caterpillar and
they’re so well disguised they really are the same color as the leaves and
they’re very very hard to spot until they get a bit bigger so vote its is
eight on this one this one had the very strong cabbagey taste which I thought
would be nice in potato mash potato or something like that
but until this grows a little bit more and we’ve got more chance of harvesting
some of the leaves I can’t say whether it’s one that I would keep on growing so
we’ll come back to this and maybe next year when it’s a bit bigger hopefully
isn’t completely eaten to a lacy mess and we’ll actually get to try it this is
the spirit which I haven’t harvested yet it’s probably not going to get harvested
for another two possibly three years but I think another two to give the roots
her chance to develop her a really good root system and it’s the roots that you
eat I planted this as young plants I bought one young plants and when it came
it was very obviously I have two in the pack so I divided them both of them
really well but I also bought some seeds and planted those and not all of them
grew but it wasn’t a bad germination rate so they’ve grown to where are we
maybe fifteen inches tall this year they’ve now died back come I’m going to
plant them in this bed so I have a bed of Skerritt what I’m going to do is
harvest some more of the Swede rutabaga and then space the Securitate in this
bed so all of these can will be going here to grow on for the next few years
so as yet I still don’t know what screw it tastes like when I get to trying it I
will let you know and here is another a new one for me this is yacon so it
produced these lovely flowers which have now being caught by the frost and the
leaves you can hear a crunchy and I can see around the base of the plants there
are indeed some tubers ready for me to lift or lift all the roots and the
tubers and harvest the tubers and then I will keep the central Corbitt with the
new growth points on its growing tips and they will get replanted so I’m going
to replant those imports and store those in the polytunnel for the winter I’ve
really like this I’m hoping that we really like the taste
there are in fact so many tubers around bass these plants I can literally just
see them lying on the surface so here’s one I’ve just pulled off so I’m gonna
take this into the kitchen and with the other one that I got from the other day
I’ll cook them and we’ll do a taste test and so regardless of whether we go
you’re going to eat I will be growing it in the flour board there because I
absolutely love the plant that’s it there you go
good boys and girls there would you like to go in they’ll go in for a little
while and you can come back on it later on yes you can
there you go there you go good boys and girls in this bed in the center half the
patrons garden I put some sweet Sicily and some Angelica and there’s an awful
lot of ochre so the sweet Sicily he’s at the front that’s fine that’s doing
really well and I used that to put him with rhubarb because just a leaf or to
have sweet Sicily will help take the bitterness out of rhubarb that sharp
acidity away and for me it’s worth growing just for that Angelica is a
beautifully architectural and and statuesque plant when it gets going so
it will I would imagine next year come up I have a feeling it could be a
biennial form so it’ll come up and will produce flowers but the stems can be
crystallized and used in things like of decorating cakes and then her his bed is
covered in Orca so I’ve grown off her for the last couple of years to build up
with my stocks what I now have plenty of them and when I harvested them last year
we were really excited to have so much but I got to say I enjoyed the taste of
them less this season then I did previously is they taste lovely grated
in salads but you can boil them use the market ater that way or you can rotas
them if you’re interested in growing them I’ll leave some links to them in
the information below and this is the 9 star broccoli and as with all the
brassicas it has again been nibbled via an awful lot of caterpillars
and slugs and snails and this poor plant has also had to contend with being the
number one favorite plant for our turkeys to come over and eat so whenever
I let them out to free-range their make a beeline for this plant and nibble it
but it is starting to look pretty good in the middle and I’m hoping that before
too long we will then get some broccoli flowers barrettes would you take out the
top one and then some more grow and take those out and some more grow around it
very much like purple sprouting broccoli would do but this is a short-lived
perennial so now quite excited to see how this one goes the the leaves
themselves i I don’t like the taste of them all that much it was it’s
interesting it’s Kara G but I am really looking forward to the taste of the
florets one of the things I really do like about the plant are these really
thick white ribs in the middle of the leaves actually think it’s really
attractive and and this again I think would be worth growing in maybe a mixed
herbaceous border just because it gives a really nice texture and structure and
shape most also been providing us with some food and then in this bed
growing up the trellis is this rather unassuming
green plants it doesn’t look like very much at the moment so there’s some hair
growing there and some hair have one on that side and this piece which is really
do with a bit more support than it’s getting there you go what so this I’m really
pleased with this is the Caucasian spinach so Hubble it see at um and all
it is think that’s how you say it and it’s a perennial climbing spinach and it
grows to about three meters tall eventually and it will supply us with
spinny g-type leaves during the hungry gap so after the new year when
everything else is looking a little bit previous we’ll just gone over there
should be some fresh green leaves for us then I like the taste of it I don’t very
much like it raw but I’ve tried steaming it and I do really like it it’s spinergy
I like it I’ve done it cooked in some eggs just to put a bit of a bit of
greenery into our scrambled eggs I’ve really enjoyed that and I’m going
to look forward to trying that and some more in that in-between stage of her
very late winter and early spring so are they worth growing well as an experiment
yes simply because I’m now finding out which varieties I like which I don’t
will they completely replace my annual vegetable garden no I don’t think so
what they will do though is supplement it really nicely

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