Growing vegetables and fruits in the home garden is rewarding, but many people are put off by the backbreaking work involved at the start of the growing season. Perennial edibles are the answer to this problem.
Here are 8 Fruits & Veggies That Will Keep Coming Back Year After Year.
Sweet-potatoes are usually grown as annuals in cooler climates, but the vine can live as a perennial in the same spot for years in warmer areas.
Grow sweet-potatoes from rooted cuttings you get from garden centers, or make your own planting material by allowing the tubers to sprout and put out many runners. Although sweet-potato vine can grow in poor soil, it gives plentiful harvest if the soil is loose and fertile.
This North American native deserves to be part of every edible garden. Once established, a blueberry plant can provide berries for several decades. Blueberry bushes are acid-loving; they grow best in soils with pH-5. It should be evenly moist and well drained. Occasional pruning keeps the bushes healthy.
3.Asparagus. Asparagus is probably one of the most well-known perennial vegetables. It takes a few-years until it begins producing at its best, but once established you will be enjoying a plethora of fresh shoots every spring. Although it is possible to start asparagus from seed, you can speed-up the harvest timeline by planting asparagus crowns.
4.Alpine-strawberries. Alpine-strawberries are worth planting as a perennial fruit that also acts as a great groundcover. Similar to cultivated-strawberries, alpine strawberries can be planted as crowns, and make a great edible addition to an otherwise ornamental garden. While not as productive as the cultivated variety, once ripe these berries are deliciously sweet garden treats.
5.Rhubarb. Although most people know of rhubarb in pie form, it is in fact a perennial vegetable with beautiful leaves and an edible stalk. Like asparagus, rhubarb is best planted from crowns and should be allowed to establish for a few years before harvesting.
A salad green often grown as an annual, but actually a perennial. Can be harvested as soon as 60-days after planting. When the leaves are cut it just keeps coming again. Be sure to remove the flowers to keep the plant producing leaves into autumn.
As any gardener will tell you, daylilies thrive on neglect. So much so, they have naturalized across the United-States. While they are primarily grown as ornamentals in North-America, they are grown as a vegetable in Asia, harvested for their daily profusion of flower-buds, which are used like green beans. The flowers themselves are served in salads or battered and fried.
Currants are easy-to-grow perennial fruit for edible gardens.
These cold hardy plants do very well in sunny locations in cooler-areas and in partial shade in warmer places and reliably produce fruit every year from the second year of planting. They are generally grown from cuttings, and prefer moist, slightly acidic-soil.
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