Perennial vegetable growing on Dartmoor with Incredible Vegetables
Incredible Vegetables is an experimental vegetable growing project, plant research space and fledgling perennial vegetable nursery selling perennial vegetable plants and seeds in our online shop. Set up by myself and my partner Julien Skinner, we are based just outside Ashburton, Dartmoor, Devon.
I’m a passionate and somewhat obsessed vegetable grower – I grow, dream, eat, write and talk about veg! and together with my partner Julien we grow unusual, heritage and perennial varieties of vegetables and herbs, Andean tubers, edible flowers and vegetables from around the world. We have attempted to set up a polyculture type growing space with lots of annuals, perennials and beneficial plants happily growing alongside each other. We are the main growers of Ulluco in the UK and also participate in Oca breeding trials with the Guild of Oca Breeders. We are currently embarking on a large trial of Perennial Nine Star Broccoli and Skirret (Sium Sisarum) to produce our own seed and attempt to improve the crop from each of these – watch this space!
Buy perennial vegetable plants & seeds from our shop
We raise perennial vegetable plants and edible tubers for sale in our online shop. We use organic no- dig methods and some of our favourites are Skirrets, Perennial 9 Star Broccoli, Taunton Deane and Daubenton’s kale, Walking Onions, Potato Onions, Babington’s Leeks, Chinese Artichokes, Hablitzia Tamnoides, Cardoons, Oca Tubers & Ulluco tubers. Items are listed season by season and will appear when available. Please email us if you would like to reserve something in advance and we will notify you when it is in stock. Buying from us means you are buying directly from the growers and you are supporting a small scale sustainable business. We grow, harvest, pack and ship everything ourselves so our plants and seeds come directly from our field on Dartmoor. We are aiming to provide perennial vegetable plants, seeds and tubers to gardeners and growers that are difficult to source in the UK and that will allow people to start off their own perennial vegetable garden. Our customers include Chelsea Physic Garden, Knightshayes National Trust Tiverton and Monty Don and the Gardeners World Team as well as numerous agro-forestry projects and keen permaculturists and gardeners. Income from our plant sales is invested in our own perennial vegetable plant trials/research, extending our perennial vegetable nursery as well as sourcing new edible perennial varieties to grow and eventually offer customers.
Talks & events
I also give lectures about growing perennial vegetables and am a regular contributor to GROW YOUR OWN MAGAZINE. I give talks at food and garden festivals and have been a speaker at Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival and the Edible Garden Show at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. I also give talks to small groups and have recently spoken at Transition Town Newton Abbot group.
Mandy Barber Incredible Vegetables Devon