A Perennial Patch- Plant Once, Eat For Years

A Perennial Patch- Plant Once, Eat For Years

Perennial vegetables are vegetables you only need to plant once and you are rewarded with years of harvesting. A perennial patch is a vegetable patch perfect for the lazy gardener. Actually, scratch that. It’s perfect for a smart gardener who wants to spend less time planting, more time eating.

Perennial patch
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Perennials are plants that produce for years.  We are all familiar with fruit trees providing us with fresh produce for years without us having to do much work, so why not also in the vegetable garden?

When you have a perennial patch, all you need to do is keep it mulched, fed, watered and keep harvesting! There are many positives to having some, if not many, perennials:

  • you’re not disturbing the soil by cultivating and resowing
  • there will always be something you can harvest.
  • if your garden is full, weeds will not have the space to grow.
  • perennials usually have deep roots so can reach water and nutrients further down, meaning they are more drought resistant and hardier than other plants.
  • The deep roots perennials have, mean they can also be way more nutritious and delicious than their annual comrades.

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Sweet Pumpkin Brioche

Sweet Pumpkin Brioche

Who doesn’t love a brioche? Rich, tender and buttery, it’s no wonder this French bread is so popular.

Having quite a few pumpkins this year, and judging from some of the pictures posted on the Facebook group, many of you have an abundance of pumpkins too, so I thought why not combine sweet pumpkin and a hint of spice to this French classic.

It’s the butter and eggs in a brioche that makes it so delicious. It’s thought of more as a dessert bread because of the rich texture the butter and eggs give it, but a traditional brioche is not actually sweet.

This pumpkin brioche is sweet though. I added brown sugar and cinnamon. It’s a loose spin on a traditional brioche. Read More

Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies

Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies

Apples and apples and apples, as far as the eye can see! I’ve peeled and cut so many my hands have stiffened up. I am in no way complaining about this bounty of sweet deliciousness, but there is only so many dehydrated apple chips apple puree and homemade apple cider vinegar one can have.

Today I’m going to go straight down the road to treat-ville. No amount of claiming ‘but there is fruit in it!’ is going to make these any healthier. We are well and truly in dessert territory, and I for one am happy to be there.

Apple + Caramel, Caramel + Apple. No matter which way you put it, these two flavours are meant to be together.

What makes it even better is that the caramel sauce is homemade. Store-bought caramel has NOTHING on homemade stuff. Plus, when you make it there is always enough left in the jar for future desserts. Read More

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