Perennial vegetables are vegetables that don't need replanting every year. Perfect edible plants for a busy lifestyle! They are so much less work than traditional annual vegetables giving you delicious food, often even in winter, in return for a bit of weeding and mulching.
Perennial vegetables will grow happily anywhere in a flower bed, alongside herbs and fruit bushes and in raised beds and planters, providing "living store-cupboard" ingredients on hand when you need them. As well as globe artichokes and asparagus you can grow tree onions, perennial kales such as the variety "Daubenton", sorrel, Good King Henry and many more. See here for a list of perennial vegetables.
Many of these plants are shade lovers or shade tolerant and will grow in a forest garden.
I am Alison Tindale, of The Backyard Larder. I love growing my own food and am learning more about perennial vegetables every week. I grow perennial vegetable plants for my own backyard and allotment and to sell to others. See Plants for Sale. And I write a blog to share my discoveries about how to grow perennial vegetables and how to cook them too! My latest post is about making a frittata with the flower sprouts of Good King Henry, sea kale and Turkish rocket.
In an era when we all need to reduce our reliance on oil I hope that bounteous backyards, perennial food plants and forest gardens are a path towards more local, planet-friendly food production.