Welcome to an exciting new edition of Food Gardening Magazine, the edible perennial issue! This is the time of year when you walk into your favorite gardening store and see row after row of gorgeous flowers. Some of them are annual, meaning once the season is over, that’s it. Others are perennial, meaning they will come back year after year.
What gets overlooked a lot, though, is the fact that there are also a lot of perennial fruits, vegetables, and herbs! Plant them once, and they continue to provide you with delicious produce year after year. And many of them don’t require very much from us. Some of them would rather be left alone entirely!
As much as I love gardening, there’s something to be said about growing a perennial garden. Just think! Years of chives, thyme, oregano, asparagus, rhubarb, blueberries, cucamelons, and more, just by taking the time to plant them one spring! What’s not to love about that?
We’re celebrating more than perennial vegetable gardens in this issue, too. You’ll find five featured articles, a downloadable Kitchen Garden Kit, and explorations of our three featured plants: Sunflowers, Lettuce, and Peas. And, as always, some delightful recipes are in store from the gardening guides highlighted in this issue.
Here are some exciting articles and videos to look forward to in the April Issue of Food Gardening Magazine, which we’ve dubbed “The Edible Perennial Issue”:
- How to Create an Edible Perennial Garden: What’s better than a lush garden with an abundant harvest of delicious fruits and vegetables?
- 5 Things to Plant in April: These five fruits and vegetables thrive in cooler temperatures, and need to establish themselves well before summer in order to flourish.
- Regrowing Green Onions, Carrot Greens, and Celery in Water: Depending on how much space you want to devote to this effort, you could grow a decent bounty of greens for soups and stocks with your veggie scraps. It’s not very fast, but it’s a lot of fun!
- Grilled Rosemary Asparagus with Candied Garlic Kumquats: Sweet, tender asparagus, lightly grilled and seasoned with rosemary, along with the citrus splash of kumquats … life is good!
- Creating the Perfect Kitchen Garden: Kitchen gardening embodies convenience and nutrition; all it takes is a few steps outside, picking what’s ripe off its vine or stem, then quickly throwing dinner together with fresh ingredients!
The latest issue of Food Gardening Magazine also features our deep dive collections on sunflowers, lettuce, and peas. You’ll get tons of tips for growing these three exciting plants, from choosing the type you want to grow to prepping your garden and all the way through harvesting and enjoying them in your kitchen.
Having a colorful sunflower garden is a great way to bring beauty and life into your outdoor space, and most parts of the plant are edible—not just the seeds! Of course, it all begins with finding the best sunflowers to grow for your particular garden. Find out more in The 9 Best Sunflowers to Grow This Season.
In How to Keep Lettuce Tip Burn Away from Your Garden, you’ll learn more about this common issue. And while leaves with tip burn aren’t harmful to eat, one of the big problems comes from secondary issues such as rot. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent brown edges from showing up on your lettuce crops.
Then we’ll take a look at those lovely spring peas, in Why Are My Pea Plants Turning Yellow? Yellowing plant leaves could be from something as simple as not enough water, or it could be the dreaded root rot! Here are four common reasons your pea plants are turning yellow, and what to do about it.
Take a look at the April Issue of Food Gardening Magazine for the full articles and start thinking about your garden!
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