Perennial Vegetables From Artichoke to 'Zuiki' Taro, a Gardener's Guide to over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow Edibles

ISBN-10: 1931498407

ISBN-13: 9781931498401

Edition: 2007

Authors: Eric Toensmeier

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There is a fantastic array of vegetables you can grow in your garden, and not all of them are annuals. In Perennial Vegetables the adventurous gardener will find information, tips, and sound advice on less common edibles that will make any garden a perpetual, low-maintenance source of food. Imagine growing vegetables that require just about the same amount of care as the flowers in your perennial beds and borders_no annual tilling and potting and planting. They thrive and produce abundant and nutritious crops throughout the season. It sounds too good to be true, but in Perennial Vegetables author and plant specialist Eric Toensmeier (Edible Forest Gardens) introduces gardeners to a world of little-known and wholly underappreciated plants. Ranging beyond the usual suspects (asparagus, rhubarb, and artichoke) to include such _minor_ crops as ground cherry and ramps (both of which have found their way onto exclusive restaurant menus) and the much sought after, anti-oxidant-rich wolfberry (also known as goji berries), Toensmeier explains how to raise, tend, harvest, and cook with plants that yield great crops and satisfaction. Perennial vegetables are perfect as part of an edible landscape plan or permaculture garden. Profiling more than 100 species, illustrated with dozens of color photographs and illustrations, and filled with valuable growing tips, recipes, and resources, Perennial Vegetables is a groundbreaking and ground-healing book that will open the eyes of gardeners everywhere to the exciting world of edible perennials.
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 5/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.25" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Eric Toensmeier has studied and practiced permaculture since 1990. He is the author of Perennial Vegetables and coauthor of Edible Forest Gardens with Dave Jacke. Toensmeier has worked as a small-farm trainer at the New England Small Farm Institute, has managed the Tierra de Oportunidades new farmer program of Nuestras Raices, and is a graduate and former faculty member of the Institute for Social Ecology in Plainfield, Vermont. His current interest is in large-scale permaculture farming as a carbon-sequestering solution to climate change. Toensmeier's writing, consulting, and teaching business is based at , where he posts his latest articles and videos. He lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Gardening with Perennial Vegetables
A New Class of Food Plants
Design Ideas
Selecting Species
Species Profiles
Using This Book
Alismataceae: The Water-Plantain Family
Alliaceae: The Onion Family
Multiplier Onions
Other Perennial Alliums
Amaranthaceae: The Amaranth Family
Sissoo Spinach
Apiaceae: The Celery Family
Article: "Lost Crops of the Incas"
Water Celery
Araceae: The Aroid Family
Edible Aroids (Taro, Belembe, Tannier)
Article: Calcium Oxalate
Araliaceae: The Spikenard Family
Asteraceae: The Aster Family
Chicory and Dandelion
Globe Artichoke
Okinawa Spinach
Article: Inulin
Basellaceae: The Malabar Spinach Family
Malabar Spinach
Brassicaceae: The Cabbage Family
Perennial Brassicas (Cabbage, Kale, and Broccoli)
Article: Pests and Diseases of the Brassica Family
Turkish Rocket
Sea Kale
Sylvetta Arugula
Cactaceae: The Cactus Family
Nopale Cactus
Cannaceae: The Canna Family
Caricaceae: The Papaya Family
Chenopodiaceae: The Goosefoot Family
Article: Oxalic Acid
Sea Beet
Good King Henry
Convolvulaceae: The Morning Glory Family
Water Spinach
Sweet Potato
Cucurbitaceae: The Squash Family
Perennial Cucumber
Malabar Gourd
Bitter Melon
Article: Extending the Range of Chayote and Other
Day-Length-Sensitive Plants
Cyperaceae: The Sedge Family
Water Chestnut
Dioscoreaceae: The Yam Family
Air Potato
Article: Air Potato: An Ecological Conundrum?
Dryopteridaceae: The Wood-Fern Family
Ostrich Fern
Euphorbiaceae: The Spurge Family
Bull Nettles
Cassava Katuk
Fabaceae: The Pea Family
Hyacinth Bean
Water Mimosa
Perennial Beans
Winged Bean
Lamiaceae: The Mint Family
Chinese Artichoke
Liliaceae: The Lily Family
Yellow Asphodel
Giant Solomon's Seal
Malvaceae: The Mallow Family
Edible Hibiscus
Cranberry Hibiscus
Musk Mallow
Meliaceae: The Neem Family
Fragrant Spring Tree
Moraceae: The Mulberry Family
Moringaceae: The Moringa Family
Musaceae: The Banana Family
Plantain and Green Banana
Nelumbonaceae: The Lotus Family
Water Lotus
Oxalidaceae: The Wood-Sorrel Family
Phytolaccaceae: The Pokeweed Family
Haitian Basket Vine
Poaceae: The Grass Family
Clumping Bamboos
Running Bamboos
Article: Rhizome Barriers for Aggressive Running Bamboos
Polygonaceae: The Smartweed Family
Solanaceae: The Nightshade Family
Ground Cherry and Goldenberry
Pepino Dulce
Peppers, Tomatoes, Eggplants, and Potatoes
Article: Pests and Diseases of the Nightshade Family
Tetragoniaceae: The New Zealand Spinach Family
New Zealand Spinach
Tiliaceae: The Linden Family
Tropaeolaceae: The Nasturtium Family
Urticaceae: The Nettle Family
Stinging Nettle and Wood Nettle
Perennial Vegetables for Each Climate Type
Recommended Reading
Helpful Organizations and Web Sites
Sources of Plants and Seeds
Sources of Gardening Supplies and Materials
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