Growing your own vegetables is one of the best ways to build healthy soil, feed your family, and get some exercise. Plus, growing fresh veggies is a ton of fun.
However, when you factor in all the work that it takes to grow a garden - from weeding to fertilizing, watering to pruning - it can be a lot of work. Add to that the fact that most vegetables also need to be replanted from seed or transplant every year, and the thought of growing your own vegetable garden is downright exhausting.
Luckily, there are several perennial vegetables you can plant to help cut down your labors. These vegetables come back year after year so you never have to worry about reseeding.
Vegetable gardening isn’t such a tough row to hoe once you understand that the nursery rhyme quote “some like it hot; some like it cold” applies to plants also. To take advantage of that fact, you will need to know the approximate dates of both your last spring frost and your first autumn frost. You can find that information by entering your zip code in an online frost dates calculator.
Like your skiing and snowboarding friends, hardy vegetables are invigorated by chilly temperatures and may become sulky and lackadaisical during the hottest summer months. Tender types, on the other hand, can be compared to your sun-loving pals who enjoy basking on the beach for hours. They want all the heat they can get and won’t tolerate freezing temperatures. Some of them also take a long time to grow up!
Besides several perennial vegetables known worldwide, such as artichoke, rhubarb, and asparagus, this group of edible plants is fairly unknown to gardeners. Fortunately, perennial veggies are becoming more popular and widely available. Anyone who’d like to have an abundant, unusual garden full of different flavors should definitely try growing perennial vegetables.
Summers are a gardener’s dream because the most beautiful Dahlias bloom during this time, so naturally summer months are the best time for gardening enthusiasts! It's all like a perfect dream, when the warm sun is shining down on your plants, helping them bloom into beautiful fruits and flowers.
However, soon the pleasant sunlight can become scorching and uninvited pests can take over your beloved plants that you nurtured like a baby. These issues can be easily combatted if you pay close attention and pick up on some common signs that your soil might be unhealthy or pest infected. We have some pro-gardening tips that will help you keep your garden flourishing all summer long.