A Talk by Pennard Plants

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A Talk by Pennard Plants

I got my daubenton kale plants from a nursery near Shepton Mallet called Pennard Plants. Daubenton is very important to me because it is a well supported perennial kale that never flowers. Well when I saw a notice up saying there was going to be a talk by Pennard Plants in Bath I was excited and hoped there would be some discussion on perennial vegetables. It couldn’t have gone better for me.

The talk was held at Prior Park Garden Centre in Bath and hosted by the Widcombe Gardening Club. It was titled “The Edible Garden” but was really an hour long presentation on perennial vegetables. I thought I was an expert on the subject but I learnt a lot. I learnt which part of the cardoon you should blanch and eat. I learnt that you should put compost around the outside of the forcing jars of sea kale. I learnt that Yacon was high yielding and provided lots of biomass for the compost heap. I learnt that I need to remove all the flower heads from my Kailaan to keep them perennial. Very informative.

His talk was encyclopedic and practically went through the alphabet of perennial veg. He talked with enthusiasm and experience. He acknowledged that Martin Crawford is the daddy. He also acknowledged Mark Diacono and James Wong as influences as do I. I was chuffed to meet someone else who is also into this subject, though i am an amateur and he a professional grower.

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LucyPosted on10:28 pm - Mar 3, 2014

Hello! Very happy to have come across your blog – this is great timing, as I’ve just been looking for places to buy Daubenton’s kale. I’m experimenting with polyculture growing on my permaculture(ish) plot, and am planning on growing a lot more perennial veg this year. Lots here for me to learn, I’ll be visiting again! Happy growing…

    adminPosted on9:01 pm - Mar 5, 2014

    Hi Lucy, thanks for posting. Daubenton is a must and I’ve just been picking it. It is really very sweet with just a hint of mustard, a different taste from before winter. The leaves are young though so that might have something to do with it. The guy from Pennards said he was propagating a very old heirloom perennial kale called taunton deane (which I have too) which is purpley blue so watch that space.

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