Perennials are planted once and can be harvested for years to come. Perennials are often easier to take care of then annuals. Perennials can also benefit your overall landscape by building organic matter, providing wildlife habitat, beneficial insect habitat, beautification, and increasing pollinators in the garden.
Perennial vegetables can take a year or more to get established and be ready to harvest. Perennials can’t be moved from year to year so pest and disease pressure can build up. Because of this give special consideration to where you plant your perennials. Perennials thrive in different conditions so be sure to plant your perennials where they will do best. Perennials can spread rapidly and get out of control. Be sure to research your perennials before you plant.
Some common and not so common perennial vegetables are listed below: miner’s lettuce, good king henry, mints, ramps/leeks, sea kale, sorrel, garlic, rhubarb, asparagus, artichokes, jerusalem artichokes, lovage, dock, wild lettuce, garlic chives.
The list above is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to edible perennial veggies for the garden. Take some time this winter and look into some of the above perennials or research some of your own. And come spring be sure to consider planting a few perennial vegetables in your garden. Growing perennials is a great way to ensure your garden produces for years to come.
If you are growing or thinking about growing any edible perennials contact us and let us know how it is going. We love the feedback.