Perennial Vegetables to Plant This Season and Enjoy for Years to Come
Most vegetable gardens are filled with annual vegetables that are started from seed or seedlings each and every year. After harvest, the soil is turned and the whole process begins again the next year. Why not add a few perennial crops to the mix? Planting perennial veggies means you can enjoy their yield year after year without replanting, and because perennials often produce at different times than annuals, having both in the garden extends the harvest.
Artichokes are beautiful and decorative in the garden. Plus, they produce for up to five years. Give them plenty of space when planting them because they can get very large when they mature – up to four feet tall and four feet wide. Harvest artichokes when they feel firm and have a diameter of at least three inches. Store the harvest in the fridge and eat them within two weeks.
Artichokes you do not harvest will open and produce stunning purple flowers. To overwinter artichokes, cut back the plants and cover with thick mulch.