Plant Once, Pick Forever! 10 Perennial Vegetables You Need to Plant This Summer

Spring has arrived and that means more work in the garden which for many people is very pleasant. Gardening is very rewarding; you are outside enjoying the fresh air and sun meanwhile being physically active and connected with the soil. However, gardening can be very beneficial in other ways as well, namely you can grow vegetables and fruits and always have fresh produce on your table. Not to mention the fact how much money you will save by having homemade grown produce.

If you do not like to plant seed every season you should know that there are vegetables and fruits that are getting planted only once and offer produce every next season. In this way you will not experience the hassle of planting new seed every season, but still get the fresh produce for you and your family and that for sure will enrich your healthy diet. Here they are:

10 Best Perennial Veggies You Can Grow in Your Garden

1. Artichokes

Many people love the large and edible flower buds, and because of that they are being planted in their gardens. Although they are not planted every season they do not last long, but for 5 years in a row you will have fresh artichokes on your table. While planting the seeds make certain to leave a space of 4 feet apart because they can grow really large. The best harvesting time is when the artichoke buds reach the size of around three inches in diameter.

2. Asparagus

This veggie is very often on our tables as it is tasty, especially when steamed with a little bit of lemon. There is no comparison in taste with the homegrown and store-bought asparagus; hence plant it by yourself in the garden and thus enjoy its real freshness.

This veggie thrives best in cooler climates with cold winters and dry summers. When planting it, make sure that there is plenty of sunshine, and if you opt for raised beds, the light and well-drained soil is the best choice. Asparagus can be a male or a female plant, but more productive are the male plants, therefore plant only male asparagus in your garden.

3. Blueberries

This type of berries grows on a mush, and in order to grow optimally they need all-day exposure to sun.

The planting of blueberries is best in the early days of spring, and if they are planted in the soil make certain to leave a space of 5 feet apart. But, they can also get planted in containers like a bucket.

4. Chives

These plants are not very particular and picky plants and for them to grow you need only enough sunshine and water. In order to plant them, just take some chive seeds and spread them around the ground. Next, cover them with soil and water, and they will seed frequently if you allow them. Bear in mind to remove the flowers before seeding them, as if you do not do that, your whole garden will be taken over by the chives.

5. Horseradish

This plant thrives anywhere and in any circumstances. Ideally would be for this plant to be planted in fertile soil while there is full sun, but it can survive any condition. The optimal time to plant the root piece of horseradish is in spring as in that way you can harvest them after the first frost in autumn. When autumn comes remember to remove all foliage from the plant as that will contribute to an additional root growth allowing you to have larger yields the next harvest.

6. Jerusalem Artichokes

Although they contain the name artichoke, they are somewhat different from normal artichokes. In the markets you purchase only the flower of the artichoke plant, and the Jerusalem artichokes are tubers like a combination of potatoes and ginger.

They can grow really big and because of that while planting secure a space of six inches between them. The optimal conditions for their planting are well-drained and alkaline soils and each plant will produce 20 tubers upwards. The best harvesting time is after the first frost.

7. Kale

This veggie is grown really easy and likes even colder climates; hence you can plant it in early spring and also in autumn. If you opt for the springtime choose the period of around 3 to 5 weeks before the last frost. If the temperatures drop to the 20s, then ensure that they are well covered in order to protect them against hard frost. The best time in the fall is 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost. This veggie thrives well in nitrogen-rich soil. It likes partial shade; therefore choose the planting site which is not fully exposed to sunshine.

8. Rhubarb

This plant is an ideal ingredient for making jams, pies, and other sweets, and because of that you should keep it in your garden. If you opt to have more plants of rhubarb, make certain to plant them four feet apart from one another as they can grow really big. This plant is fruitful and grows year after year. The best planting time for the rhubarb crowns is in the early days of spring, once the frost melts down. It prefers well-drained and fertile soil.

  1. Sorrel

Sorrel is not that common in gardens, but its presence will offer a nice addition to your variety of vegetables in the garden. In height it can reach up to one foot, and in width grows up to two feet. This plant is leafy green with a very lemony and tart flavor. Sorrel can thrive in cooler climates, but really likes full sun although it can tolerate a bit of shade. If you want to have the best quality and flavor of sorrel, pick it up in spring and in fall.

  1. Watercress

This plant requires specific conditions in order to thrive nicely. Namely you need to create a bog, but do not get immediately discouraged you can easily create one, especially if you have access to a creek or stream. In the case of not having such access, you can make one yourself. It can be made in the ground with a pond liner for retaining the water, or you can make it from a two feet deep tub. For that purpose, mix equal quantities of gardening soil, sand, and compost. Include slow-release fertilizer and fill the container with water. Although the soil needs to be soaked with water, it should not be any water standing on top. Prepared like this, you can plant the watercress seeds and wait for their produce.


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