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

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Gardening can be very rewarding for people whether they do it for fun or as a job. Working outside in the sun and fresh air is not even the best part of it. As a result, you will get homegrown fresh vegetables and fruits which people would pay lots of money to buy. This way, you will have them for free!

Some vegetables grow as annuals. This means that they only grow during one season and after that, you will have to sow new seeds next year for them to regrow. However, not all vegetables are annuals. There are some vegetables and fruits that you will only plant them once and they will regrow again year by year, giving you healthy and fresh food for your family. These are only 10 of the best ones we could of think of right now:

Kale

Kale can be grown very easily and it enjoys colder climates. Plant your kale in the early days of spring about 3-5 weeks before the last frost. However, make sure you’re careful if the temperatures drop to the 20s. If they do, make sure you cover them for protection from the hard frost. You can also plant kale in the fall, 6-8 weeks before the first frost. Kale can tolerate being exposed fully in the sun, but preferably, you will need to plant them where they will get partial shade. The best soil for this plant is a nitrogen-rich one.

Sorrel

A less commonly grown vegetable, the sorrel will make an amazing addition to your variety of vegetables in your garden. It’s a leafy green with a very lemony and tart flavor. Just like kale, sorrel grows in cooler climates and its harvesting period is in spring and fall for the best quality and flavor. Most sorrel grows to be one foot tall, however, they can reach up to two feet in width. If possible, you should grow sorrel in full sun, however, they can also tolerate a bit of shade.

Asparagus

Many people love the taste of asparagus, especially if it’s steamed with a little bit of lemon. However, when you get store-bought asparagus, it doesn’t do it much justice to the ones that you grow and pick yourself. Asparagus is known to grow well in cooler climates with cold winters and dry summers. Preferably, you need to plant the asparagus in full sunshine. Light and well-drained soil are also preferred with raised beds. When asparagus grows, it can be either a male or a female plant. Typically, male plants are more productive, so make sure you plant all-male asparagus in your garden.

Artichokes

People grow artichokes for their large and edible flower buds. Even though these plants are perennials, they won’t last as long as the asparagus. Usually, the artichoke plant gives products for 5 years before it dies. Make sure you plant each one 4 feet apart because they grow very large. For harvesting, make sure that the artichoke buds are about three inches in diameter.

Jerusalem Artichokes

Compared to normal artichoke, the Jerusalem artichokes are somewhat different. Artichoke that you can find in markets and stores are just the flower of the artichoke plant, whereas Jerusalem artichokes are tubers, kind of like a combination of potatoes and ginger. Well-drained and alkaline soils are ideal for this plant. Every single plant of the Jerusalem Artichoke produces 20 tubers upwards. After the first frost is when you should harvest the plant. They can grow very big so when you’re planting them, make sure they are all six inches far from one another.

Watercress

Compared to the rest of the vegetables and fruits in the list, watercress needs completely different situations to grow. The best environment for it to grow in a bog. However, do not be discouraged because creating a bog is not that difficult, especially if you have access to a creek or stream. However, if you don’t, you can make one yourself. You can make it in the ground with a pond liner for retaining the water. Additionally, you can make it from a two-feet deep tub. You will need to combine gardening soil, sand, and compost in equal parts. Add slow-release fertilizer and fill the container with water. Make sure you don’t add to much water, however. You’ll need enough water to make the soil soak without any water standing on top. After, you’ll be able to spread the watercress seeds so they will start growing.

Blueberries

Compared to the rest of the list plants, blueberries are pretty different. For one, they’re not a vegetable. Secondly, unlike the others, blueberries grow on a mush. The best time to plant blueberries is in the early days of spring. You can also plant blueberries in containers such as a bucket. However, if you decide to plant them on the ground, make sure they’re set 5 feet apart. They require being placed in a spot where the sun will shine on them continuously for them to grow.

Rhubarb

Many people enjoy jams, pies, and other sweets made from rhubarb. If you are one of these people, then make sure you plant one in your garden. This vegetable will keep on coming back year after year. The rhubarb crowns are ideally planted in the early days of spring, as soon as the frost melts. Well-drained and fertile soil is ideal for rhubarb. Also, they like growing in full sunlight. If you grow more than one plant, make sure they are four feet apart from one another because they can grow large.

Horseradish

You can grow horseradish almost anywhere and in any circumstances. Even though it’s ideal for it to grow in full sun and fertile soil, it can survive any condition. The best time to plant the root piece of horseradish is in spring so that you can harvest them after the first frost in fall. Remove all foliage in the fall from the plant. This will allow it an additional root growth which results in larger yields the next harvest.

Chives

Same as horseradish, chives are not very particular and picky plants. All they need is sunshine and water for them to give produce, everything else is unimportant. Take some chive seeds and spread them around the ground where you prefer them to grow. Cover the seeds with soil and water them. Chives will seed frequently if you allow them. However, you can remove the flowers before seeding them, otherwise, prepared to have your garden being taken over by the chives.

Sources: theheartysoul.com

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