5 Perennial Vegetables for Winter Greens
In many places, like where I live in western Washington, growing perennial vegetables can provide harvests all winter long without any special care. You just need to pick the right ones. Ready to get started? Here are 5 perennial vegetables for winter greens.
Growing traditional vegetables all winter long can be a challenge. While there are traditional vegetables (like lettuce) that can survive the cold, planning and planting a winter garden right during your summer harvest does take some effort.
You’ve got to have room for the new plants, you need to water them through the summer heat, and you don’t give your soil a break.
Plus, you don’t get a break either. Let’s face it—by the end of summer, it’s easy to be worn out with all the harvesting and preserving that happens during this time.
But there is an easier way if you live in semi-warm areas (USDA climate zones 7+) like western Washington.
Try growing perennial vegetables for winter greens.
With these perennial vegetables, all you’ve got to do is plant them once and then enjoy harvests year-round. No replanting, no having to plan a winter garden, and little to no summer watering.
And perennial vegetables can also help you build soil: 3 Ways Perennial Plants Help Build Soil
And you don’t need to give them protection from the cold—no greenhouses, row covers, or cold frames.
It really is the easiest way to get winter harvests.
Let’s look at 5 perennial vegetables you can grow for winter greens.
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Here are 5 Perennial Vegetables for Winter Greens
In semi-warm areas like western Washington, there are lots of perennial vegetables that grow great here.
But what makes a good perennial vegetable for winter greens?
The key is to look for ones that don’t die back in the winter and that don’t get tough and woody.
I’ve planted lots of perennial vegetables on my property, but not all work for perennial harvests. Some, like Pacific waterleaf, die back every fall.
A great place to start is with plants that are native to your area. Several of the best perennial vegetables for winter greens that I’ve found are native to western Washington. There are likely great native vegetables in your area, too.
But with some trial and error, I’ve found some good options.
Here are 5 perennial vegetables that provide great harvests all winter long.
Info on Miner's Lettuce - Claytonia perfoliata
Info on Rose Checkermallow – Sidalcea malviflora
Info on Purple Tree Collard
Info on Kosmic Kale
Info on Hooker’s Onion – Allium acuminatum:
Here in western Washington and other semi-warm areas, these 5 perennial vegetables are a great place to start for easy winter greens.
Next Steps with Growing Perennial Vegetables for Winter Greens
Let’s face it—perennial vegetables aren’t as commonly grown as they should be. And it can be hard to find information about them.
This means you’ll often need to do some experimenting and just try them out.
When I was looking up perennial vegetables to try, only purple tree collards was listed as being a good perennial vegetable for winter greens.
It was only after planting a variety of perennial vegetables that I discovered that the other 4 on the list provided good harvests year-round.
And you might already have some perennial vegetables that could provide winter harvests. Sorrels, for example, are another great perennial vegetable for winter greens that are fairly common.
There are many more perennial vegetables out there. And depending on your climate, some might provide winter harvests. Here are some posts to help you get started.
- Plant Once With Perennial Vegetables
- 11 Cold-Hardy Perennial Vegetables You’ll Love to Grow
- 11 Perennial Greens You Will Love to Grow
And you can also explore using warm micro-climates to expand which perennial vegetables you can grow.
If you’re in climate zone 7 (or even potentially zone 6,) using warm micro-climates will likely increase your winter harvests and let you grow more perennial vegetables.
The south side of your house, (or north side in the southern hemisphere,) can be a great option. My tree collards are growing along the south side of my house, for example.
But even large rocks or rock piles can create warm micro-climates that will help you grow more perennial vegetables for winter greens.
Ready to get started with growing perennial vegetables for winter greens? Let us know which you’re going to grow.
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