Saturday, September 7, 2013

Want a vegetable and fruit garden that you only have to plant once? Try perennials!

Perennial French sorrel
Saturday, September 7, 2013

If you are someone that doesn’t want to have to plant every year to have home grown fruits and vegetables, grow perennials!  Believe it or not, perennial vegetables do exist.

There is a long list of perennial vegetables, particularly greens. Many are hard to find the seed for or a starter plant.  There are several that are easy to find, though!  Fall is the perfect time to plant any perennial.  Perennials are also the first up in the spring.

The perennial vegetables we currently grow:
**French sorrel (good for soups, steamed or a salad green)
**Blood-veined sorrel (striking salad green)
Chard (perennial if grown in a sheltered area)
Garden sorrel (soups, steamed or salad green)
**Corn salad (salad green)
**Radicchio (good steamed, roasted or a salad green)
**Good King Henry (spinach relative, use as a salad green)
**Salad burnett (taste somewhat like a Granny Smith apple, use fresh in salads)
**Egyptian walking onion (use fresh for cooking or salads)
**Wild leeks
**Potato onions (stores well)
**Perennial kale (good steamed or as salad green)
**Chives (salads or flavoring cream cheese, butter, sour cream, dips)
**Arugula (peppery flavor, great for salads)
**French and American dandelion (great for salads)
**Daylily (flower buds can be eaten like green beans, flowers in salads)
**Celery-not advertised as a perennial but ours is coming back for the third year.....

Other popular perennial vegetables you may want to add are sea kale, rhubarb, lovage, groundnut, asparagus, artichokes, collards, or Jerusalem artichokes.
Potted orange, fig and kumquat

Most fruits are also perennials:
**Apple, pear, cherry, peach, pawpaw and fig trees
**Blueberry bushes
**Grape, goji berry, passionflower, kiwi, raspberry and blackberry vines

Then there are the herbs.  Most herbs are perennials.  Here are ones we are growing.
**ARP and Barbeque rosemary
**Lemon balm

1 comment:

  1. Perennials! Such a wonderful idea. Anyone can incorporate these into their yard, easily. I simply hadn't considered it or all the options until your post.
    Interesting in how a real person's perspective in their Own Yard is much easier to visualize than commercialized programs, and posts.