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Please join me in welcoming Acadia Tucker, author of Growing Perennial Foods!





Read the review of the Growing Perennial Foods here!

 


Acadia Tucker will be hanging out in the forums until this Friday answering questions and sharing her experiences with you all.

At the end of this week, we'll make a drawing for 4 lucky winners to win a copy of Growing Perennial Foods! From now until Friday, all new posts in the Perennial Vegetables forum are eligible to win.
 
To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up to receive the Daily-ish email. Higher quality posts are weighed more highly than posts that just say, "Wow, that's really cool! I want to win!"

When the four winners are selected, they will be announced in this thread and their email address will be sent to the publisher, and the publisher will sort out the delivery details with the winners.

Please remember that we favour perennial discussion.  The threads you start will last beyond the event.  You don't need to use Acadia Tucker's name to get her attention. We like these threads to be accessible to everyone, and some people may not post their experiences if the thread is directed to the author alone.
 

Posts in this thread won't count as an entry to win the tool, but please say "Hi!" to Acadia Tucker and make her feel welcome!
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Acadia, welcome! The longer I garden, the more I become interested in perennial foods. I look forward to the discussion this week.
 
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This sounds great! I have grown jer. Artichokes for years, but Haven’t found a recipe we really like. Have any suggestions?

Thanks!
 
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Welcome Acadia!  Thank you so much for joining us :)
 
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Acadia, welcome! It is great to have you join us here at permies!

I am looking forward to learning more about perenniel vegetables and the plants that will work with them.

Perenniels have always been a favorite so learning about them will be fun.
 
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Hello Everyone! I am excited to be a part of the conversation this week!
 
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Welcome to Permies, Acadia! We're glad you're here!
 
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Welcome Acadia. What a cool name.
 
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Welcome Acadia! This is a topic near and dear to my heart! I am always ecstatic to see more books on the subject. I look forward to reading more about your book just as soon as I get a chance. =)
 
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Glad to see ya here!
I've always been a fan of growing food over ornamentals, or at least a plant that can be both. An aunt and uncle had a nursery for a bit, up in North Olmsted, OH, and so the green thumbage comes naturally to the family but I seemed to be the only one interested in growing food mixed in with all the other plants that were around. If I can feed wildlife, why not myself! This book looks like one I should have on my shelf at some point. Looking forward to the discussions.
 
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Welcome Acadia! I'll look forward to the discussions this week as I want to learn more about perennial plants I can incorporate into my gardening. I'm finding out that conventional vegetables don't produce as well in polycultures as they do in intensive-input gardening I've done in the past. I'm glad you've figured stuff out about this problem and I look forward to learning more.
 
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Oregano is my favourite but gets so scrawny every time. Any suggestions?
 
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Hi Acadia! I am excited to learn more about perennial veggies! I always thought perennials tended to be more fruits but stumbled upon Paradise lot and found out my assumption was wrong! I imagine perennial veggies would save me so much time
 
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Just stumbled back into the forums and saw this while thinking about my garden for next year. I grow for a ministry as well as a small personal garden. My garden got terribly neglected because I was too tired after working in the other fields all day lol.

I have started growing asparagus here for the first time and planted a bunch of new strawberries. We have 2.5 acres of field but I only use maybe half of it and think it would be so cool to have more perennial foods for the future. I want to put in more permanent beds someday. Your book looks super interesting - good luck with all the questions this week!
 
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I'm excited to learn more about perennial food plants - it's great to know there's enough content for a whole book about them. I've started growing horseradish, rhubarb, and asparagus and wonder what else there might be.
 
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Welcome, Acadia, (love that name!!).
I have been thinking about perennial's for my new homestead a bit now, but building a new home has kept me busy.
Now I will research it, (if I don't win your book!)
 
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acadia, how exciting to see your book. we’ve discovered quite a few plants will perennialise here. we’ve got a three year old kale that goes to seed each year and keeps on leafing out, a five-headed cabbage, and a three-year old florence fennel that makes bigger bulbs each year. we cut it off once or twice and then let it be an insectiary. this sort of easy work in the garden is only a problem in that other plants don’t seem to do as well. my beets beside these are tiny and sad. i want to learn more!
 
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Welcome back Acadia. I'm really looking forward to your help growing my perennial patch.
 
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Welcome Acadia Tucker! This subject is something I know very little about. I look forward to learning about your book and perennial vegetables.
 
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Hi, and as the rest have said, thank you for being with us. I'm interested in balancing the qualities of food (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent, astringent) in a diet as well as nutritional/antioxidant value and producing sufficient quantity. Do you know of any sour perennials to grow? What are your favorite perennial foods to grow in terms of ease, volume of production, and aesthetic value?  - Luke
 
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Welcome, Acadia!! This sounds like my kind of gardening!
 
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Hi, Acadia. Welcome back.
 
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Welcome Acadia!

I just tried going to the Stony Pier website to buy your book. I wasn't able to apply the 'GREEN20' discount code at checkout. This will be helpful for my Canadian exchange rate if it works!!
The website says: "This discount does not apply to any products in your cart."
 
                                    
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Welcome Arcadia 😀

Congratuations on your new book! I look forward to reading it. 🤗😁

I live in Central FL, on a couple acres of land... in process of creating a permaculture food forest. Currently have Papaya, Pineapple, Berries, Bananas, Katuk, Sour apple, White Sapote, Starfruit, Kiwi, Miracle Plant, Soursop... and many more to create a varied foundation. We especially want to grow and propagate native and medicinal plants to share with family, friends and our community so that all people can have access to plant medicine..  and can forage their own yards instead of the grocery store for healthy nutricious fruits & veggies. 😊👩‍🌾

Life, Love & Peace to ALL.
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Welcome Acadia! Your bio says you attended UBC which is in my province and has an awesome collection of plants!
I had checked my library the last time you visited permies, and they have your Growing Perennial Foods book, and the reserve came in late last week. It looks very well organized and friendly. I was pleasantly surprised at how many of the berries I've got - I'd like to read your take on goji berries as my plant is *not* happy where it is! I'd also been meaning to start some artichoke which I grew years ago, but it is a short-lived perennial, and I suspect the one I was growing was really more an ornamental variety with small flowers although it tasted fine.
It will be interesting to experiment with the recipes in the book also.
 
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Welcone, Acadia
. I look forward to reading your new book
 
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Welcome! And welcome to me, haha. First time posting in here. I look forward to gaining additional knowledge on the topic.
 
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Hello Acadia! I am excited to learn more about perennial veggies! I had always thought fruits tended to be more perennial but when I heard about perennial veggies I began to realize how much time I could save!
 
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Welcome Acadia.  I'm excited to learn more about perennial gardening.  I've been curious about what and how to have more perennials and developing a more versatile garden.
 
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Don't know what I'd do without asparagus and artichokes here in Rio Grande rift valley! [size=12]
 
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Welcome Acadia!
Maybe I can get some hints from you and/or the Forum as to WHY my perennials don't "perennialize" (come back every year).
It bums me out that I've had several plantings of flowers that are tagged as perennials that grow only in the year that I plant them.
I realize that flowers are not usually used as FOOD, but I'll check on the forum for suggestions as well.
 
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Hope to be reading this book soon !
 
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This is crazy to have popped up in my email today because I have been trying to do more research on what I can grow to subsidize part of my groceries. I’m looking to produce more of my own food and stop buying most of my produce. Hopefully this would help answer a lot of the questions I have.
 
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Jennie Little wrote:This sounds great! I have grown jer. Artichokes for years, but Haven’t found a recipe we really like. Have any suggestions?

Thanks!



I've found the following 2 delicious:

1) For a delicious, simple soup, par-boil the artichokes and discard the water (which contains all of the windy-molecules!). Fry a onion in a little butter or oil until golden, add the artichokes, top up with veg stock (or even just water) and season well with salt and pepper. If you have some, add a little thyme.

2) Cover the artichokes in kitchen foil or use a baking tray to roast them, whole, inside a rocket stove, wood burning stove, oven or BBQ. They taste like pre-buttered jacket potatoes!
 
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Is there info on perennials in the tropics as I live in Belize and would be very interested in perennials here.
 
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I love perennial veggies - currently I'm growing asparagus in a hugelkulture bed.  Don't need to weed it much, just put in some wood ashes every spring.  Rhubarb is another plant that really thrives here in So. Oregon - very hardy.  Lovin' all this fab info I get on Permies - thank you!~  
 
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Welcome Acadia!  The book looks wonderful!  I want to mostly grow perennials because...duh...they grow back.  Free food and less work!  
 
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Welcome! Perennials just make so much sense... provided they are planted in an appropriate spot! I will be moving onto my own plot of land next summer and I'm excited to start shaping my food production.
 
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