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Plant Once, Harvest Annually

April 1, 2013

Growing in the United States tends to follow European patterns of sowing gardens each spring for a summer or fall harvest. There are a few plants that are perennials, such as asparagus and rhubarb, but some perennials, such as kale and potatoes, are treated as annuals.

An interesting article published by Small Footprint Family posted information about  20 Perennial Vegetables to Plant Once and Enjoy Forever! It gives the pros and cons of adding perennials to your annual garden and even lists some that could grow well here including kitchen garden

  • raspberries, blueberries and other berry bushes
  • asparagus
  • rhubarb
  • kale (usually grown as an annual)
  • garlic (usually grown as an annual)
  • radicchio (usually grown as an annual)
  • horseradish
  • globe artichokes
  • lovage
  • watercress

Additional crops presented include Bunching or Egyptian Onions, Daylillies (edible roots and flowers), Good King Henry, Groundnuts, Jerusalem Artichoke, Ostrich Fern, Ramps (yes, you can cultivate them!), scarlet runner beans, sea kale,  and sorrel. sunchoke

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2013 5:47 pm

    Funny you should mention this. I’ve been thinking of changing some of my landscaping to edible garden plants (kale and some more blueberries were the first that sprung to mind… and artichokes.)

  2. April 1, 2013 6:26 pm

    You must have been channeling ideas to me again. *G*

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