Perennial Vegetables: Grow More Food With Less Work

Combine permaculture gardening techniques and edible landscaping ingenuity in your garden by growing perennial vegetables. You’ll be surprised by how little work garden perennials require when compared with the work you expend growing annuals. Plus, our list of best perennials and resources guide will get you started with this sustainable, practical gardening technique.



Perennial Garden
Growing edible perennials along with annuals in your garden adds diversity and beauty.
PHOTO: BETHANN WEICK
Groundnut Plants
Groundnut plants will vine and flower aboveground while growing round, tasty tubers beneath the soil.
ERIC TOENSMEIER
Crosnes
Crosnes produce these odd, edible tubers.
FOTOLIA/CHANELLE
Tubers
Groundnut tubers are high in protein and grow to about the size of walnuts.
ERIC TOENSMEIER
Asparagus
Asparagus is a perennial spring treat.
DWIGHT KUHN
Good King Henry Plant
Good king Henry forms tasty leaves and stems.
ERIC TOENSMEIER
Sunchokes
The bright blooms of sunchokes are as beautiful as the plant's edible tubers are delicious.
ISTOCKPHOTO/NIVELLEN77
Perennial Veggies
Layering shade-tolerant veggies under taller plants is a permaculture technique.
JUDY WHITE/GARDENPHOTOS.COM
Ramps
Ramps pop out of the ground year after year.
OTTMAR BIERWAGEN











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