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.
While designed for gardening novices, Growing Perennial Foods: A Field Guide to Raising Resilient Herbs, Fruits and Vegetables is also for experienced gardeners who want to grow more resilient crops, and could use a little guidance.
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 will inspire you to 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: A Field Guide to Raising Resilient Herbs, Fruits and Vegetables is illustrated by Krishna Chavda 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.
Growing Perennial Foods: A Field Guide to Raising Resilient Herbs, Fruits and Vegetables is a must-have resource for home gardeners looking to take their conservation efforts to the next level. It is part of the 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.
Format: New, Softcover
Published: March 12, 2019
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (Stone Pier Press)
Pages: 280 pages
Dimensions: 9"inches H x 1" inch D x 6" inches W
Weight: 16 oz, before shipping
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Acadia Tucker is a regenerative farmer, climate activist, and author. Her books are a call to action to citizen gardeners everywhere, and lay the groundwork for planting an organic, regenerative garden. For her, this is gardening as if our future depends on it.
Before becoming an author, Acadia started a four-season organic market garden in Washington State inspired by farming pioneers Eliot Coleman and Jean-Martin Fortier. While managing the farm, Acadia grew 200 different food crops before heading back to school at the University of British Columbia to complete a Masters in Land and Water Systems.
She lives in Maine and New Hampshire with her farm dog, Nimbus, and grows hops to support locally sourced craft beer in New England, when she isn't raising perennials in her own backyard.