Patrick Whitefield and the Hungry Gap

Daniel Dobbie
Thursday, 8th May 2014

In spring and early summer, the vegetable garden can be fairly empty. Winter veg has finished and summer veg isn't ready yet. This is the hungry gap!

Permaculture teacher and gardener, Patrick Whitefield explains what foods can be found through the hungry gap, both annual and perennial.

From 'pandora' leeks to a year's supply of swiss chard, purple sprouting broccoli, Patrick shares a variety of greens all of which are easy to grow. He also explains the great benefits of perennials!

Patrick Whitefield is an experienced permaculture teacher and author of five books, including the permaculture classic The Earth Care Manual. For information about his residential and online courses please see

Further information

Edible perennial polycultures

Edible Perennial Gardening by Anni Kelsey

Plants and recipes to bridge the hungry gap

Patrick Whitefield on the art of watering seedlings and slug preventation

Preparing your winter crops: Patrick Whitefield on the art of hardening plants

Patrick Whitefield on the art of growing healthy plants