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ISBN: 9781931498401
Year Added to Catalog: 2007
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: full-color photographs, illustrations, recipes
Number of Pages: 8 x 10, 256 pages
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 1931498407
Release Date: May 16, 2007
Web Product ID: 162

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Perennial Vegetables

From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow Edibles

by Eric Toensmeier

Table of Contents



Part I: Gardening with Perennial Vegetables

A New Class of Food Plants

  • The Species Profiled in This Book


  • Article: Types of Perennial Vegetables


  • The Benefits of Perennial Vegetables


  • Drawbacks of Perennial Vegetables


A Note on “Perennials Grown as Annuals”

  • Why You’ve Probably Never Heard of Them Before


  • Article: The Origins of Annual Agriculture in North America


  • Design Ideas


  • Perennial Vegetables in the Annual Vegetable Garden


  • Edible Landscaping


  • Table: Ornamental Perennial Vegetables for the Edible Landscape


  • Article: ECHO: A Subtropical Edible Landscape


  • The Edible Water Garden


  • Perennial Polycultures


  • Table: Multifunctional Perennial Vegetables for Polycultures


  • Article: Permaculture and Perennial Polycultures


Naturalizing Perennial Vegetables

  • Selecting Species


  • Sun, Soils, and Water


  • Table: Perennial Vegetables with Special Tolerances


  • Climate


  • Article: Guidelines and Inspiration for Each Climate Type


  • Table: Tropical Species That Can Be Grown as Annuals in Cold



  • Article: Tropical Trees as Dieback Perennials in Zones 8 and 9


  • Growing Native and Nonnative Species


  • Article: Rethinking Nonnatives


  • Techniques


Site Preparation

  • Table: Soil Amendments: Which, When, and How Much


  • Article: Sheet Mulching: Instant Eden


  • Planting and Establishment


  • Maintenance


  • Table: Diagnosing Nutrient Imbalances


Cultural Practices

  • Managing Pests, Diseases, and Varmints


  • Article: Plant/Replant Perennials


  • Table: Common Diseases of Perennial Vegetables


  • Table: Pests of Perennial Vegetables


  • Article: Plant-Parasitic Nematodes


  • Table: Varmints of Perennial Vegetables


  • Article: The Edible Water Garden



Backyard Breeding

  • How to Use This Book


  • Use Caution When Sampling New Food Plants for the First Time


  • Article: Understanding Latin Names


  • How to Read the Profiles


  • Article: Sample Plant Profile


  • Onward


Part II: Plant Profiles

Alismataceae: The Water-Plantain Family

  • Arrowhead


  • Alliaceae: The Onion Family


  • Multiplier Onions


  • Ramps


  • Other Perennial Alliums


Amaranthaceae: The Amaranth Family

  • Sissoo Spinach


Apiaceae: The Celery Family

  • Arracacha


  • Article: The “Lost Crops” of the Incas


  • Lovage


Water Celery


  • Skirret


Araceae: The Aroid Family

  • Edible Aroids (Taro, Belembe, Tannier)


  • Article: Calcium Oxalate


Araliaceae: The Aralia Family

  • Udo


Asteraceae: The Aster Family

  • Chicory and Dandelion


  • Globe Artichoke


  • Okinawa Spinach


  • Sunchoke


  • Article: Inulin


  • Fuki


  • Scorzonera


  • Yacon


Basellaceae: The Malabar Spinach Family

  • Malabar Spinach


  • Ulluco


Brassicaceae: The Cabbage Family

  • Perennial Brassicas (Cabbage, Kale, and Broccoli)


  • Articles: Pests of the Brassicaceae


  • Turkish Rocket


  • Sea Kale


  • Sylvetta Arugula


  • Watercress


Cactaceae: The Cactus Family

  • Nopale Cactus


Cannaceae: The Canna Family

  • Achira


Caricaceae: The Papaya Family

  • Papaya


Chenopodiaceae: The Goosefoot Family

  • Saltbush


  • 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


  • Chayote


  • Article: Extending the Range of Chayote and Other Day-Length Sensitive Plants


Cyperaceae: The Sedge Family

  • Chufa


  • Water Chestnut


Dioscoreaceae: The Yam Family

  • Air Potato


  • Article: Invasive Pros and Cons


  • Yams


Dryopteridiaceae: The Wood-Fern Family

  • Ostrich Fern


Euphorbiaceae: The Spurge Family

  • Chaya


Bull Nettles


  • Cassava


  • Katuk


Fabaceae: The Pea Family

  • Groundnut


  • Basul


  • Hyacinth Bean


Water Mimosa

  • Perennial Beans


  • Winged Bean


Lamiaceae: The Mint Family

  • Chinese Artichoke


Liliaceae: The Lily Family

  • Asparagus


  • Yellow Asphodel


  • Camass


  • Daylily


  • 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

  • Breadfruit


Moringaceae: The Moringa Family

  • Moringa


Musaceae: The Banana Family

  • Banana and Plantain


Nelumbonaceae: The Water Lotus Family

  • Water Lotus


Oxalidaceae: The Wood-Sorrel Family

  • Oca


Phytolaccaceae: The Pokeweed Family

  • Pokeweed


  • Haitian Basket Vine


Poaceae: The Grass Family

  • Clumping Bamboos


  • Table: Clumping Bamboo Species


  • Running Bamboos


  • Table: Running Bamboo Species


  • Article: Rhizome Barriers for Aggressive Running Bamboos


  • Pitpit


Polygonaceae: The Smartweed Family

  • Rhubarb


  • Sorrel


Solanaceae: The Nightshade Family

  • Wolfberry


  • Ground Cherry


  • Pepino Dulce


  • Article: Pests and Diseases of the Solanaceae


  • Peppers, Tomatoes, Eggplants, and Potatoes


Tetragoniaceae: The New Zealand Spinach Family

  • New Zealand Spinach


Tiliaceae: The Linden Family

  • Linden


Trapaeolaceae: The Nasturtium Family

  • Mashua


Urticaceae: The Nettle Family

  • Nettle and Wood Nettle


Part III: Resources

Species Selection Matrix

Recommended Reading

Sources of Perennial Vegetables

Sources of Gardening Supplies



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