Now that I have explained why you might want perennial vegetables, many of you are wondering, “What vegetables come back every year other than asparagus?” Some people are aware of artichokes, sunchokes and rhubarb. But that is the extent of most peoples, including my own, knowledge of perennial vegetables. So I found a book to help me out some. Perennial Vegetables, by Eric Toensmeir. He explains quite a few vegetables that are supposed to be delicious and come back every year. Another way of finding perennial vegetables is to check out what is available at permaculture nurseries. There aren’t many of them that are easy to find, but with some looking, and suggestions from the book I mentioned, you should be able to get a decent selection.
After much looking around, I chose Food Forest Farm to order some perennial vegetables from. I chose this farm for many reasons. The location was in the same growing zone as me which means that it won’t be full of tropical plants I can’t grow. The way they set up their plant list made it very easy for me to choose which plants I wanted to order. It listed zone, uses, soil and light requirements, and prices all in a neat little chart so I could compare and decide what I wanted to try.
I bought one each of the following: turkish rocket, sunchoke, sea kale, pea shrub, hog peanut, ground nut, Good King Henry, and Giant Solomon’s Seal. A few of these I chose because they grow well in shade and I have plenty of shade. A couple are nitrogen fixers which is great for my garden. The rest just sounded good. Now I just have to wait until May to get my delivery.