Perennial Vegetables That Keep on Giving

By Charlie Nardozzi

While perennial flowers have been popular for many years, little attention has been paid to perennial vegetables. Most gardeners think of vegetables as annual crops. In his new book, Perennial Vegetables From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow Edibles (Chelsea Green, 2007; $35), Eric Toensmeier discusses the usual suspects in the perennial vegetable world (asparagus and artichokes), and he also opens our eyes to some unusual perennial selections (ground cherries and ramps).

The first section of the book features design ideas for edible landscaping and discusses perennial vegetables for different climates and soils. The second section covers more than 100 vegetables, with information on each crop's history, growing needs, propagation, harvest, and storage.

For more information on this book, go to: Chelsea Green Publishing.

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