Eight Acres - the blog — perennial

Growing pepino

Mar 16 2016 0 Comments Tags: garden, perennial, permaculture, sub-tropical

Pepino (Solanum muricatum) is a perennial food plant, related to tomatoes (I can't decide if they are fruits or vegetables).  I first read about pepinos in Eric Toensmeier books on perennial food gardening. A friend sent  some cuttings to me so I could try it.  I was a bit worried that I would manage to kill it after she had gone to so much effort to post it to me, but pepinos seem to have an amazing will to live and both cuttings grew quickly into healthy bushes.

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Perennial plants and trees - a food forest

Feb 22 2013 0 Comments Tags: catch and store energy, food forest, perennial, permaculture

Ideas for creating a perennial food forest - saving seeds, planting  perennials and non-food trees.

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Jerusalem artichoke

Apr 27 2012 0 Comments Tags: herbs, perennial, real food, vegetables

My friend at work with the garden full of crazy and unusual vegetables (eg spaghetti squash) has given me some Jerusalem artichoke tubers to eat and to grow.  Apparently they go quite crazy in summer, so I decided to plant them outside the garden fence with the arrowroot (which we should also eat), so that they can provide shade in summer.

This is what the tubers look like, they were difficult to...

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