- Poor man's beans (hyacinth bean)
- Perennial leeks - they just keep multiplying!
- Warrigal greens
- Walking stick kale
- Sweet potato
- That giant chilli bush!
|the chilli bush|
|walking stick kale|
|perennial leeks, I have to keep splitting them up|
|warrigal greens - an Aussie native|
I spent some time in my Aunty's garden in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, admiring her perennial veges, including scarlet runner beans and rhubarb. I think I could grow rhubard, but our climate is definitely too hot for the scarlet runner beans.
|Scarlet runner beans|
And then there are the veges that are not technically perennial, but they self-seed and just keep coming up when they're ready, so that they are semi-perennial and don't require any intervention.
- Broccoli, asian vegetables
- Herbs like parsley, chervil, dill, borage, calendula
Lately I've been reading two Eric Toensmeier books about perennial vegetables (see links below). I found the first one, Perennial Vegetables, to be a little dry, but with plenty of detail, you can certainly use this as a reference to find which vegetables will grow in your climate, and I have a list that I'd like to acquire. The second, Paradise Lot, filled in the story, and it was so interesting to read about Eric and his friend Jonathan finding their property, planting their 100% perennial garden and finding their sweethearts. This was a much more enjoyable read, but light on detail of the plants. I'm so glad I had them both at the same time so I could enjoy the contrast. And now I've moved on to Edible Forest Gardening!
Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City
Edible Forest Gardens (2 volume set)
Perennials that I'd like to try:
- Sunchokes (I had some, but they died, which is supposed to be impossible)
- Watercress and water celery (when we have a pond set up)
- Perennial cucumber
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