Perennial veggies grow back by themselves year after year… They’re more nutritious too because you don’t need to disturb the soil to replant!
Somewhere along our human evolution we decided to make growing food more difficult than it needed to be, choosing and breeding varieties of vegetables and grains that needed to be tilled, planted, watered, weeded and fertilized every year.
While many of us aren’t ready to let go of our corn, cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes, we may want to consider expanding the percentage of our gardens dedicated to perennial veggies.
Perhaps keep your annual agricultural patch close to home to be tended more frequently, and let low maintenance, “permacultural” perennials take over the perimeter.
Not only do perennials not need tilling and fertilizing, they improve the soil wherever they live, their deep roots pulling nutrients up into their leaves, which nourish the topsoil when they fall.
Here’s some delicious and nutritious options to get started with:
14. Ostrich Fern (Fiddleheads)