Perennial vegetables for the wildlife plot
I have two goals this year for the wildlife garden on the allotments. The first is to sort out the bed under the apple tree. It has become overrun with vinca, which has run half way down the plot and will run down the other half if I don’t take action now.
As I was digging it up, I had the company of a red-tailed bumble bee proving that the flowers are very useful early in the season for insects. This helped me make the decision to leave a reasonable sized clump but to keep it strictly under control. Once some of the vinca was removed I found a gooseberry, 5 strawberry plants, potentilla, mock orange, acquilegia and a large clump of geranium.
The second action is to plant perennial vegetables on the plot. I haven’t got the time to sow and look after more annual crops but sow and plant perennials once and they are then there for good. I have some cuttings from my perennial kale that I took in the autumn which have taken so one or two of those can go in but I need more than that. Below is a list of veg that I will start to collect:
- Asparagus – why wouldn’t you have this?!
- 9 star perennial broccoli which is really a cauliflower, go figure
- Globe artichokes – I have sown some of these and they are up but tiny
- Jerusalem artichokes – an acquired taste but I do like them and I have lots of them already.
- Sea beet – sometimes known as wild spinach and supposed to taste very good
- Sea kale – there is a bit of a maritime theme going on here.
- Narrow-leaved plantain, sometimes called a weed, with lots already on the plot!
On most of the sites that focus on perennial vegetables the flower day lilies appears with everyone saying how lovely the flowers taste. I have day lilies in my garden so will divide them and bring some to the plot and try them this year.
Do you grow any perennial vegetables that you would recommend I grow?