Growing More Perennial Vegetables and Herbs

Perennial food crops are great to have in the garden. Once established, they provide food year after year with minimal effort. They also typically require fe…

25 Responses to “Growing More Perennial Vegetables and Herbs”

  1. Definitely want to try the tree collards!

  2. I’m in Boulder, CO in Zone 5B. In my balcony container garden I grow
    purslane, lambsquarter, sage, spearmint, chives, oregano, and lemon balm.
    I also grow malabar spinach and bring it inside when the weather gets
    cold. It is tropical and is good in salads. Thanks for this great video,
    I will research some of the plants to see if they will grow in containers.

  3. I got the three Tree collard cuttings from Bountiful Gardens last year (I’m
    in zone 8a) and followed their instructions. When I moved them outside the
    cabbage loopers soon started to get to them. I kept thinking I’d picked
    them all off but invariably I’d miss one. So I began to see less and less

    I called Bountiful Gardens and told them what was going on and all they
    could offer was to try to pick off the loopers. So needless to say, WATCH
    The cabbage loopers blend in to the color of the TREE COLLARD so they are
    very difficult to find sometimes.

    I think they should cut the price in half and have detailed instructions
    as to how to deal with the ravenous worms that seem to appear out of
    nowhere. I haven’t called to see if I could get a replacement or a refund
    …. but all in all my experience with growing Tree Collards from cuttings
    was disappointing to say the least.

    I hope you have better results than I did. I used good soil and trace
    minerals/rock dust; mushroom compost etc…the whole 9 yards as per Jon
    Kohler’s tips too. I hope you can keep 24/7 watch over them as they may
    need it.

    I did grow asparagus and did with very little care, and probably not enough
    soil, my 2 year old sprouted some long skinny stalks. I’ll take better care
    this year. My other two one year olds are showing promise.

    Better yet, I have fruit growing, berries and peaches.. and actually fruit
    with their simple sugars are even more digestible than greens. If you don’t
    have a juicer to juice your greens, you are better off growing fruit. Check
    out Robert Morse N.D. on YouTube. He is a Naturopathic Doctor AND a
    biochemist and explains in his videos what foods are truly the most
    beneficial and easiest to break down based on the design of our digestive
    tract. He has 40 years woth of patients who have thrived on mainly fruit
    along with whole herbs to prove it.

  4. Eric Toensmeier has several books out about growing perennial vegetables.
    Check out Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables. I found both of these
    books in our public library and like them so well I bought them from
    Chelsea Green Publications.

  5. I planted Borage one year not knowing what it was. Well you can add the
    leaves to salads flowers as well. Sort of a cucumber taste. But the thing I
    liked the best was the hummingbirds love the flowers. Had about 10 come
    I live in a zone 2 and the plant or seeds spread so every year for 6 years
    they came back.

  6. We grow horseradish. It can be harvested all winter here (zone 5) if
    deeply mulched. We’ve been able to give many friends horseradish root
    because the plant slowly expands and digging the roots keeps it easily in
    bounds. Our plants don’t require a lot of water either. I’ve been told
    the leaves are also edible but I’ve never tried that.

  7. I LIKE LOVEAGE – maybe I’ll grow some here-also 5! (Pa) Thank you!

  8. You might try Salad Burnet. It has a cucumber-like flavor.

  9. Very nice job. I am learning from your efforts.
    Have your list of perennials. Do it your way.

  10. nice video thanx

  11. Did King Henry ever show up Patrick?

  12. I grow… sage, oregano, chives, lobelia, rosemary, cleavers (wild),
    chickweed (wild), strawberries, Egyptian walking onions, lavender, catmint,
    chocolate mint, spearmint, lemon balm, raspberries, crabapples,
    blueberries, blackberries, mulberries, sunchokes, bay laurel, hibiscus,
    daylilies (for the buds for Chinese dishes), horseradish, Holy Basil/Tulsi
    (reseeds), redbud trees (they are in the pea family, and you can eat the
    pods they form just like any other pea pod…), and just planted a cactus
    for both paddles and fruit, oh, and just put in 4 shitake mushroom logs…
    we’ll see if they produce by mid-fall… :-) I lost my asparagus somehow,
    and hopefully will get them to come back with some restorative soil work…
    if anyone has a good ideas as to how to resurrect asparagus, please let me

  13. New sub. Thanks for all the awesome suggestions.
    -Berni from Calgary, anada

  14. Do you have an update on your Tree Collards?

  15. That’s all well and good! but where can one buy these seeds?

  16. Some other perennial veggies and herbs here in zone six; red valerian,
    ramps, groundnut, camass, nettle, hog peanut, cinnamon yam, savoury, thyme,
    Angelica, lemon balm, comfrey, catnip, cowslip, costmary, Chinese lantern
    (berries inside) and Egyptian onion. Some of these plants are available at and

  17. Hey Patrick, We have some perpetual spinach and like our Jerusalem
    artichokes they grow like weeds unassisted. The spinach is growing up on
    our council verge so from time to time also feeds the neighbours too ;-) It
    has been happy there for the past tree years… Thanks for putting together
    another well thought out clip… Chris :-) 

  18. We love our Tree Collards!

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  20. I planted some sea kale in my seed flat this year and was pleasantly
    surprised to see two of the six seeds I planted sprout in a week.

  21. i love perennial vegetables and fruits and i am currently converting my
    front yard/nature strip into an and backyard into a suburban zero lot
    ornamental edible landscape woodland forest edge garden. i wish to grow
    many perennial and self sowing vegetables and herbs in my garden as well as
    fruit and nut trees, bushes, and vines. i hope to provide a portion of my
    food through home production. i have an hoa to deal with so i have to keep
    everything looking very nice and ornamental especially in the front of the
    house. thankfully many no care fruits and perennial veggies are ornamental
    in nature. i just don’t understand how there is not an online nursery that
    specializes in food forest plants. they may have a few even a dozen or so
    but no site ever seems to have many perennial vegetables. 

  22. I have sun chokes ready to go in the ground this spring (got them from I grew yacon last year, but I think the frost got it. I
    thought it was an attractive plant. I think I was supposed to dig it up
    before the first frost. I have grown asparagus for 3-4 years and it has
    done well (I found that chickens don’t like asparagus foliage-strange).
    I’m going to try buffalo gourd (cucurbita foetidissima) this year (seed
    from Native American Seeds of Texas). I had the same Swiss Chard plants
    growing for the past 2-3 years, until this winter when I didn’t cover it in
    the last ice storm. So I think Swiss Chard can be grown as a tender
    perinneal in Texas with row cover. I think I would also like to try tree
    collards. My problem is finding a place to plant all these things. I also
    want to try to grow some buckwheat and alfalfa in my front yard flower
    gardens next summer to see if they can be attractive and useful in the
    flower garden.

  23. On The Balcony With Kat Reply September 12, 2014 at 2:52 am

    How tall do tree collards grow, can you grow them in pots year round?

  24. I have wild onions, wild blackberries, wild carrots (they smell good but is
    not as edible as the recognized variety), wild strawberries, dandelions,
    and greek oregano.