Before the days of long-

distance trucking, there was a "hungry gap" in early spring.

The new crops weren't up yet but most of last year's 

storage vegetables were gone. 

These perennial crops were developed to fill that gap, sending shoots up from their crown before spring seeds can make appreciable growth. 


Popular This Season:
Vgr 3760 sorrel web

French Sorrel Greens

Perennial in all zones. Likes partial shade and any soil. Leaves appear in very early spring from the perennial rootstocks. Large leaves have a lemony tang t...
  • Days to maturity: 60
  • Seeds per packet: 200
  • Germination days: 7-14
Vgr 3770 good king henry web

Good King Henry Greens

This rare plant, also known as Mercury or Lincolnshire Spinach has long-stalked, arrowshaped leaves very mild in flavor and nutritious. It is perennial at le...
  • Seeds per packet: 75
  • Spacing: 12-18
  • Days to maturity: 80
Arugula sylvetta

Sylvetta Perennial Arugula

Same flavor as annual arugula with deeply-cut leaves to 6". Overwinters to zone 6. Compared to annual arugula, it makes a thick bed of  smaller, spicy leaves...
  • Days to maturity: 37-50
  • Germination days: 5-10
  • Planting depth: 1/8