Perennial Vegetable Collection
Have you noticed that trees, shrubs, and perennials--especially perennial weeds--are budding, leafing or flowering before your seeds are barely even up? Certainly well before any seedlings are harvestable. That's the advantage of perennials; they make food during the "hunger gap" of early spring. Then there's the part about no tilling, planting, fertilizing etc. every year. And the part about shading out weeds....no wonder permaculture is big. Unfortunately, many permaculture crops are planted from tubers or slips instead of seed--you have to know someone who already has it and get a piece.
We have been on the lookout for perennial vegetables that grow from seeds. We have found several that can grow in temperate North America. Some are long-lived perennials little-changed from the wild. These last for years, but are challenging to start, being basically wild plants. Others are domestic crops with a tendency to go perennial that you can encourage by giving them a permanent, well-drained location and cutting off any flower stalks that appear. These are easy to grow but not so long-lived. This collection gives you a spectrum of types---5 different perennial crops (our choice). Best for zones 5-9.