In this book, Annie Kelsey describes in detail her extensive research and experimentation with growing all sorts of different perennial vegetables in a permaculture way. She has used polyculture techniques and shares her results with the reader here.
I'm reading through the book and I'm finding it quite interesting. the author really gives you a lot of info on what she has achieved in her garden. and the nice thing is she has her blog where she will keep giving her readers info on her new trials, errors, acchievements.
in the same time I'm reading the book : integrtaed forest gardening, the complete guide to polycultures and plant guilds in permaculture systems. what a difference, just starting form the title: the complete guide??!! and then niceley written but poor in giving back actual hands on information. I think if one reads them together one can see the difference between the straighforward, clear and strong words written by Anni Kelsey and the accademic, in a dull sense, words of the other book.
We need insight on real achievements not a quick rush through lots of information that is squeezed in very few pages. If we think about edible forest gardens and the work done by the authors of integrated forest gardening we see the difference.
instead we can with joy put close to each other the book of Anni Kelsey an Martin Crawfords how to grow perennial vegetables. they speak the same language integrate and complete themselves.
Anni Kelsey has done a great work putting together her personal experience and giving the reader general information on plants needs, etc.
The book is a good reference for the newbie in permaculture and for the elder.
The newbie finds some quick clear news about permaculture and it's history, and then passes to specific chapters on polycultures and plant specifics. The hope is that this book, may generate a curiosity and desire to go in depth. The elders can think it's never important to get back on the books and see what others achieve, but instead it's the basics of permaculture in some way. The movement never will stop and will always evolve, and yes, maybe some chapters are the usual information we already know, but every new author put's things on page differently, every author has that descriptive intuition that sets the reader thinking and it's always a pleasure to read something known with a different perspective.
There is a very deep interest in perennial plants in british permaculture, many authors have dedicated books to this subject, for now my preferred author is Martin Crawford, but Anni is on his tail. To understand what I mean one just has to put close How to grow perennial vegetables by Martin Crawford, and Anni Kelsey's book, they speak the same language integrate and complete themselves. In Anni's book we get passed the simple list of plants and get down to dirtying our hands in her garden. There's this attention on personal experiences that is very important for me. I love books where authors give a personal perspective of what they are sharing.
This book is a good start for those that have to decide how to design their back garden, or balcony or terrace.
I have land but I don't live on it for now, so I started to put some vegetables in front of my house, it's maybe just 8 square meters, the other day I just took Anni's book from the shelf to refresh some plant specifics, and look up some ideas.
The last thing I want to share is the authors website: https://annisveggies.wordpress.com/ When authors, give the opportunity to the reader to stay in touch with their work it's great, and this is the sort of relations we have to build in the movement. Keep in touch, create networks, share experiences and practices.