TOP 10 Edible Perennial vegetables to plant in your garden or permaculture orchard!

TOP 10 Edible Perennial vegetables to plant in your garden or permaculture orchard!

This week we check out my Top 10 edible perennial vegetables, herbs and flowers in the Permaculture Orchard. Your top 10 will likely vary from this list based on your climate and taste. We are in AgCan Hardiness zone 5 (USDA zone 4).

My top 10 are as follows:

10 – Arugula
9 – Daylily
8 – Oregano
7 – Thyme
6 – Mint
5 – Perennial Shallots
4 – Egyptian Onion
3 – Chives
2 – Sorrel: Profusion Sorrel from Richters:
#1 – Garlic Chives


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  1. JF Baker on August 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I am in the same zone and I love to grow mustard. It reseeds itself every year. Attracts pollinators and repels certain pests. Tastes like "wasabi" paste(because most commercial wasabi is made of mustard and-or horseradish).

  2. V Gil on August 2, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    What an insect symphony!

  3. Kristen Guy on August 2, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    I’m in zone 3A Winnipeg, any tips for growing edible perennials in containers on a balcony?

  4. EZAZ PI on August 2, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    #1 – Garlic Chives
    #2 – Sorrel
    #3 – Chives
    #4 – Egyptian Onion
    #5 – Shallots
    #6 – Mints
    #7 – Thyme
    #8 – Oregano
    #9 – Day Lilies
    #10 – Arugula

  5. Bonnie Taylor on August 2, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    How can you NOT like a video of a guy lying in his plants while praising them and nibbling them!? Cute 🙂

  6. Jean Que on August 2, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing… I am collecting edible perennial. I don’t really know that day can be eaten… Greetings from belgium

  7. AncestralBliss on August 2, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Great content and videos. 🌷

  8. Allen Mayers on August 2, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    4 minutes of my life I’ll never get back … couldn’t watch anymore with the goofy editing. Good concept, terrible video, learn how to storyboard, get a video editor and make your cousin get a real job. Editing so bad i had to block this channel.

  9. daniel becker on August 2, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    "Top 10 edible perennial "VEGETABLES" vegetables mate… vegetables!!! Not herbs or fricking flowers …VEGETABLES!!! NOT 1 VEGETABLE IN IT. Douche

  10. Beth on August 2, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    He’s got thyme for jokes!!

  11. Joel Whitmer on August 2, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Day Lilly’s are edible? My yard is loaded with them!

  12. dancingcedar on August 2, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you. Yes to plants that grow like weeds!!!!! Plenty to eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Chris M on August 2, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I have just recently come across (found) your channel. A great presentation style and whoever does the editing….. a great sense of humour too. G’day from Sydney Australia.

  14. Ben on August 2, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Fun video, but most of these are basically just herbs, can’t eat large quantities of them except the perennial onion. I think of vegetables as FOOD, something you can really eat, not just to season dishes. Something like asparagus would make much more sense for a list of perennial veggies, also leeks, fiddlehead fern, and sunchoke if you can handle the farts. I liked how you said that perennial stuff is great to fill the edge season. Very true. Even if the only perennials you grow are greens and herbs, that’s still nice to have because they come up so early in the spring without extra work. Doesn’t the lemon flavor in sorrel come from oxalic acid? That can create kidney stones, no thanks.

  15. Mike LaBo Music on August 2, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Great video.

    It’s important to repeat that he loves for these plants to take over. Garlic chives are a great example of a plant that will seed itself and take off like crazy(at least, in my experience).

    If you would like to keep garlic chives contained or control where the seeds land, be sure to clip the seed heads before they self seed.

  16. Kathleen Norton on August 2, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I love some thyme. Mint is mint.

  17. redredwine1277 on August 2, 2019 at 3:20 pm


  18. Jozef de Beer on August 2, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Great video. I did not know that day lilies are edible. I have struggled to get garlic chives to grow from seed. I want them so bad. Next year I will buy the plant to make sure that I get some.

    I am racking my brain for other perennial herbs to suggest. I put in a winter savoury plant this year. It is tasty, but I want to see how it over winters before I go recommending it. Oh, lemon balm and lime balm is amazing but it might be an annual (I was really hoping that it would be perennial).

    I didn’t know about the intense flavour of the onion heads of Egyptian onions. I have just been replanting those and enjoying the greens. I can’t wait to try them.

  19. Kathleen Norton on August 2, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    So glad I found your channel!😊

  20. JRR31984 on August 2, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Very good sir.

  21. rasbijal Patel on August 2, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Have most of these.Daylilies edible!will try,have them.1st variety of arugula I have not seen.Fresh daily additions to the dishes are the best.Go to your neighbors,most love to share.Hey nature nurture’s them ample.

  22. Wendylee Kalliris on August 2, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Love the videos good entertainment 👍

  23. jim Lane on August 2, 2019 at 3:27 pm

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  24. Paul Miazga on August 2, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    I’m surprised for a Slav (Polish? Ukrainian?) you didn’t mention either horseradish or nettle! Horseradish roots and leaves are great for pickling cucumbers, while nettle is essential for great green borscht!

  25. Kakadu indenschuh on August 2, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Haha! That´s a very good Video!

    Greetings from Germany 😀

  26. Susan Spencer on August 2, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    We have Wild Onions growing in our yard, are they edible? They look like Chives, but my Husband thinks theyr’re Wild Onions, they are scattered all over our yard, gee wiz.. everywhere…
    I like your Videoe’s 👍🌼🦢🌷🦚Hey 2nd Question, will you tell me why are people buying Pacca’s

  27. S M on August 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I always thought of these as herbs and not perennial vegetables. Very interesting video, I learn a lot from you.

  28. another mother on August 2, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Unless you are a paraplegic, you are a Freak.

  29. Grey Kester on August 2, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    This guy definitely doesn’t have to worry about ticks…..wish I could do that where I live

  30. B uppy on August 2, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Shrubs, and trees have woody stems, that persist. Asparagus is not a shrub "because of its size".

  31. Ronbo Nick on August 2, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    now hes going home and scratch tick bites for 2 weeks

  32. Alexander Bayer on August 2, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Like ( I didn’t even know about guarlik chives)

  33. Anne Nyman on August 2, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    I guess there must not be any ticks up there. I would love to lie around in my garden like that!

  34. misio fine on August 2, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Stefan, after one year I found your channel and right a way you got me as subscriber, could you add some Polish name of lovely herbs please?

  35. Jonathan schadenfreude on August 2, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    I put cannabis on my list……yeah.

  36. Daniel Smith on August 2, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Chickweed, dandelions and parsley!

  37. Lyceum on August 2, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Lol, what’s with the dislikes? What’s not to like?

  38. Magnus Sirius on August 2, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    I have tons of daylilies, Oh boy, I can’t wait for the flowers, to eat them… I’m in zone 5. You have the same taste as I do , I have all those plants except garlic chive, I’ll go buy some tomorrow

  39. Christa L on August 2, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I’m in Minneapolis, USDA Z. 4B and love your relational farming style! My city lot gives me about 300 s.f. and I grow 9 kinds of berries, 3 different dwarf cherries, and lots of tomatoes & veggies on clay soil plus lots if raised beds.
    But I CAN’T get oregano and thyme to overwinter! What am I doing wrong? Should I try to grow them in a cold frame? Could I get hardier seeds from you?

  40. Masbulloh on August 2, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    still wait for the next top 10 – salam from indonesia

  41. fuldk on August 2, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I like the information you give but you don’t do any close up of the plants in the video. I would like to see what you mean by the flower or the leaf. Please consider adding close ups. Thanks

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  43. Elizabeth Borreson on August 2, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    🤣… in the jungle, orEggEn0, if i could save thyme in a bottle🎶… i love rolling on the earth!!! MARVELOUS HeMen!!😃💜🍀🌼

  44. Joyne Freedom on August 2, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Oregano, thyme, mint, shallots or scallions, Egyptian onion, chives, sorrel, garlic chives.

  45. Adubs916 on August 2, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I have the power!!!

  46. arseman arse on August 2, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    great video – is this the golden age of youtube browsing ?

  47. Frank M on August 2, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    You look stupid your video is stupid and I bet your stupid

  48. Felicia Follum on August 2, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Were in American zone 4 or 5 or 6 lol I get so confused

  49. David Bennett on August 2, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Humans are Obligate Carnivores. Plants are Toxic to Humans. All Plants are Toxic. Do Not Eat Plants.

  50. jules kadul on August 2, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Very informative! Thanks!! I would be careful using mint, that one can take over quickly.

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