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Edible Perennials $12 Digital Book

50 Top perennials from plants for a future



The digital book is $12 USD (approximately £7.65 GBP and €9.60 Euros)

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Current interest in forest or woodland garden designs reflects an awareness that permanent mixed plantings are inherently more sustainable than annual monocultures. They safeguard and enrich soil ecosystems, enable plants to form cooperative combinations, make use of layers above and below the soil, and they create benign microclimates which soften winds and recycle the rain. The challenge is productivity: how can yields of useful foods and other useful materials be maximised? The latest book from Plants For A Future is a resource for discovering some of the answers.
Edible Perennials provides detailed information, attractively presented, on 50 selected perennial plants, based on practical experience and observation, plus a wide range of reputable sources. All these plants yield edible produce: roots, tubers, seeds, oils, fruits, stems, flowers, or leaves, and many have other useful properties, which are also described. For each entry the descriptive text is augmented by summary information panels covering various attributes such as natural habitat, cultivation needs, nutritional value of edible parts, and potential uses within woodland garden designs.
We have included some more unusual species that may not be well known to growers interested in trying out different food crops and new designs for their plots. The book also has a reference table of the key characteristics of nearly 400 other perennials, to help readers to identify plants that meet their particular requirements.

Perennials and Plant Diversity
PFAF and Permaculture
Food and Medicine
Plant Matrix
Achira, Indian shot Canna indica
Arracacha Arracacia xanthorrhiza
Artichoke Chinese, Stachys affinis
Artichoke Globe Cynara scolymus
Asparagus Asparagus officinalis
Bellflower Scented Campanula versicolor
Breadroot Psoralea esculenta
Chicory, Radicchio Cichorium intybus
Collards Brassica oleracea viridis
Coltsfoot Sweet Petasites japonicus
Common Day Lily Hemerocallis fulva
Amur Day Lily Hemerocallis middendorffii
Duck Potato, Arrowhead Sagittaria latifolia
Earthnut Pea, Lathyrus tuberosus
Fennel Sweet Foeniculum vulgare
Goldenberry, Peruvian groundcherry Physalis peruviana
Good King Henry Chenopodium bonus-henricus
Ground Nut Apios americana
Hog Peanut Amphicarpaea bracteata
Maca Lepidium meyenii
Mallow Marsh Althaea officinalis
Mallow Hollyhock Malva alcea
Mallow Musk Malva moschata
Mountain Rye Secale strictum
Nettle Stinging Urtica dioica
Oca Oxalis tuberosa
Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris
Potato Sweet Ipomoea batatas
Reed Common Phragmites australis
Reed Mace Small, Cattail Typha angustifolia
Reedmace, Bullrush Typha latifolia
Rhubarb Rheum rhaponticum
Rocket Turkish Bunias orientalis
Scorzonera French Reichardia picroides
Sea Kale Crambe maritima
Skirret Sium sisarum
Solomon’s Seal Polygonatum multiflorum
Sorrel Rumex acetosa
Spinach New Zealand Tetragonia tetragonioides
Strawberry Alpine Fragaria vesca ‘Semperflorens’
Strawberry Fragaria x ananassa
Tiger Nut Cyperus esculentus
Udo Aralia cordata
Violet Sweet Viola odorata
Wall Rocket Diplotaxis muralis
Watercress Nasturtium officinale
Water Dropwort Oenanthe javanica
Yacon Strawberry Smallanthus sonchifolius
Yam Chinese Dioscorea polystachya
Yampa Perideridia gairdneri
Additional Plants Matrix


Edible Plants: French Translation $12

Plantes Comestibles: Le guide pour vous inspirer a choisir et cultiver des plantes comestibles hors du commun


The digital book is $12 USD (approximately £7.65 GBP and €9.60 Euros)

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Il existe plus de 20 000 espèces de plantes comestibles dans le monde et pourtant, 90% de notre régime alimentaire ne se compose que d’une vingtaine. Pourtant, des centaines de plantes comestibles moins connues, venant du monde entier sont à la fois délicieuses et très nutritives.

Nous sommes convaincus que les plantes peuvent répondre à la majorité de nos besoins, tout en respectant la santé de notre planète. Un large éventail de plantes peuvent être cultivées pour satisfaire tous nos besoins alimentaires et bien d’autres encore, tout en offrant une grande
diversité d’habitats pour la faune et la flore.

Cet ouvrage vous fera découvrir comment cultiver et utiliser quelques-unes de ces plantes moins connues, en particulier les plantes vivaces.

French Translation of our book Edible Plants


Woodland Gardening $12 Digital Book

Woodland Gardening: Designing a low-maintenance, sustainable edible woodland garden with fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables


The digital book is $12 USD (approximately £7.65 GBP and €9.60 Euros)

[PDF and Mobi/Kindle]

In a woodland garden everything grows together in a way that is very similar to a natural woodland but with the trees and shrubs all bearing edible crops, and with many different edible herbs and vegetables growing under them. Instead of battling against nature, this is a garden that works in harmony with it.

It is possible to plan out a woodland garden in a space as small as a backyard or as large as a few acres, using the guidelines that nature has shown us, but using species that can provide us with fruits, seeds, leaves, roots and flowers that are delicious and highly nutritious. When well designed, such a system can:

»» be far more productive than a field of annuals
»» produce a much wider range of foods
»» require far less work
»» require far less inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides
»» provide valuable habitats for wildlife
»» be very pleasing aesthetically.

It all comes down to selecting the right mixture of species. There are over 5,000 species of edible plants that can be grown outdoors in temperate climates and about 2,100 of these can be grown in a woodland so there really is no lack of variety to choose from.



Edible Plants $12 Digital Book


The digital book is $12 USD (approximately £7.65 GBP and 9.60 Euros)

[PDF and Mobi/Kindle]

Edible Plants: An inspirational guide to choosing and growing unusual edible plants

There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world yet fewer than 20 species now provide 90% of our food. However, there are hundreds of less well-known edible plants from all around the world that are both delicious and nutritious.

It is our belief that plants can provide people with the majority of their needs, in a way that cares for the planet’s health. A wide range of plants can be grown to produce all our food needs and many other commodities, whilst also providing a diversity of habitats for our native flora and fauna.

This book describes and provides advice on growing some of the lesser known and unusual edible plants, with an emphasis on perennials. Information includes: Alternative Fruits and Root Crops, Edible Leaves, Edible Flowers, Winter Salads, Staple Seed Crops and Useful Weeds.


Edible Trees $12 Digital Book

A practical and inspirational guide from Plants For A Future on how to grow and harvest trees with edible and other useful produce.


The digital book is $12 USD (approximately £7.65 GBP and €9.60 Euros)

[PDF and Mobi/Kindle]

When we think of edible trees we tend to focus on a few common varieties that give us fruit. However, many excellent less well-known trees can produce edible flowers, oil, seed, nuts, leaves, sap and bark as well as fruit. Many also have important medicinal applications. We also identify other uses of products derived from these trees, including fibres for clothes, rope and paper, oils for lubricants, fuels, water proofing and wood preservatives, dyes, construction materials, and more. In this book we describe 50 of our favourite edible trees, each one illustrated and arranged alphabetically by common name. Complementing the images is a physical description of each species, and information on their origin, growth-habit, preferred hardiness zone, edible and medicinal ratings, known hazards, weed potential, propagation, care and cultivation.

This book describes and provides advice on growing Plants For A Future’s favourite edible trees.


1. Almond, Sweet Prunus dulcis,
2. Apple Malus domestica ,
3. Beech Fagus sylvatica,
4. Buckthorn species,
5. Buckthorn, Sea Hippophae rhamnoides,
6. Buckthorn, Willow-Leaved Sea Hippophae salicifoliac,
7. Chestnut, Sweet or Spanish Castanea sativa,
8. Citrus, Lemon Citrus limon,
9. Citrus, Sweet Orange Citrus sinensis,
10. Damson Prunus insititia,
11. Dogwood species,
12. Dogwood, Japanese Cornus kousa,
13. Dogwood, Chinese Cornus kousa chinensis,
14. Fig Ficus carica,
15. Ginkgo biloba. Maidenhair Tree,
16. The Hawthorns,
17. Hawthorn, Arnold Crataegus arnoldiana,
18. Hawthorn, Blue Crataegus tournefortii,
19. Hawthorn, Pennsylvanian Crataegus pennsylvanica,
20. Hawthorn, Scarlet Crataegus pedicellata ellwangeriana,
21. Hawthorn, Tansy-Leaved Thorn Crataegus tanacetifolia,
22. Hazel, Cobnuts Corylus avellana,
23. Hazel, Filbert Corylus maxima,
24. Redbud Cercis Canadensis,
25. Judas Tree Cercis siliquastrum,
26. Jujube, Red date, Chinese date, Korean date, or Indian date Ziziphus jujuba,
27. Kaya Torreya nucifera,
28. Laurel, California. Oregon Myrtle Umbellularia californica,
29. Lime species,
30. Lime, Small Leaved, Small-leaved Linden Tilia cordata,
31. Lime, Large Leaved, Bigleaf Linden Tilia platyphyllos,
32. Lime, Common (UK) or Common Linden (USA) Tilia x europaea,
33. Loquat Eriobotrya japonica,
34. Medlar Mespilus germanica,
35. Monkey Puzzle Tree Araucaria araucana,
36. Mulberry, Black Morus nigra,
37. Oak, Holly Quercus ilex,
38. Oak, Holm Quercus ilex ballota,
39. Olive Olea europaea,
40. Peach Prunus persica,
41. Pear Pyrus communis,
42. Persimmons,
43. Persimmon, Caucasian, Lilac or Date Plum Diospyros lotus,
44. Persimmon, American. Common, “Sugar-plum” Diospyros virginiana,
45. Pine, Rocky Mountain Piñon Pinus edulis,
46. Pine, Korean Nut Pinus koraiensis,
47. Plum, European Prunus domestica,
48. Quince Cydonia oblonga,
49. Sassafras Sassafras albidum,
50. Sorbus species,
51. Service Tree, Sorb Apple Sorbus domestica,
52. Serviceberry, Juneberry or Snowy mespilus Amelanchier lamarckii,
53. Sheepberry Viburnum lentago,
54. Caragana species,
55. Siberian Pea Tree Caragana arborescens,
56. Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo,
57. Walnut, English Juglans regia,


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