Edible Perennial Gardening: New Plantings for March and April

Anni Kelsey
Monday, 17th March 2014

Edible Perennial Gardening author, Anni Kelsey, shares what she will be sowing and growing this March and April.

The glorious early days of spring – light, bright and filled with hope and promise, send many of us rushing outside to begin sowing and planting.

I relish the opportunities presented at this time of year, however as there are so many different things I could grow and space is limited I have to choose carefully. I want to use the space available to best effect whilst expanding my horizons. So I tend to stick to my favourites that I know work plus a few new things to try out.

To increase my stock of my favourite perennial vegetables I will be sowing and growing:

Seeds of skirret, scorzonera, Welsh onion, bunching onions, dahlia, wild rocket, leaf beet, asparagus, earth nut pea and a selection of kales including nine star perennial broccoli, red Russian kale, wild cabbage, walking stick kale and trouve Tronchuda.

Tubers saved over the winter of oca, mashua, Jerusalem artichoke, ground nut (apios americana), yacon and dahlia.

I always like to experiment with new things as well so I will be finding room to squeeze in some experimental grains – mixed amaranths and quinoa and also herbs for seed production – cumin, coriander, fennel and nigella.

The tubers will be planted up in pots in March and kept out of the frost until they can be safely planted outside.  

I am likely to defer sowing vegetable, herb and grain seeds until early April or later. In many previous years I have eagerly sown seed from the first week of March only to find out that they took up to a month to germinate. Later sowings made in April quickly caught up or overtook.

Even though we have had a warm start to March, I plan to stick to this schedule as nobody can be sure what will come next weather wise.

Anni Kelsey is the author of Edible Perennial Gardening: Growing Successful Polycultures in Small Spaces out now! Buy now from our shopping site.

Useful links

Edible Perennial Gardening: Growing Successful Polycultures in Small Spaces

Plants and recipes to bridge the hungry gap

A great way to start of seeds: Making a hotbed in your polytunnel

Heating a greenhouse with compost and manure


pschuster |
Tue, 14/03/2017 - 10:39

Hey, many thanks for that article. I have been wanting to start with perennials but Now I have a big question: WHERE DO I GET THE SEEDS FROM? Can you recommend some online stores that ship with Europe? I am living in Canary Islands, Spain and I am not sure where I can find any of the species you mentioned :D

Many thanks for your replies!

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 09:03

I've always love perennials, especially the edible ones.Thanks for sharing these amazing edible perennials!I am looking forward to planting them too:)
You can visit http://www.howdoesyourgardenmow.com/perennials/ for more information on types of perennials and how to grow them.