Book Giveaway–Perennial Vegetables

by Daisy on 01/03/2012

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This is the book I’ve been waiting for and didn’t even know it.

And the timing is perfect.

I’ve been so excited about permaculture, and perennial vegetables are a big reason why.  BUT, after asparagus and rhubarb, I’ve been sort of clueless about where to go from there.

This book is the master course in exactly that–where to go after asparagus.

It has all the nitty-gritty on all the lovely edibles that give and keep on giving.  Each species is profiled in detail, from a general overview, history and ecology to a crop description, climate preferences, naturalization status,  to pest, disease and weed problems.

But it goes on–harvest and storage, uses (vital information considering the rarity of many of these plants) and related species and breeding potential.

Plus, great photos and illustrations of the plants, so you can actually see these plants and their fruit.

This is the perfect companion to long winter nights as the seed catalogs are coming in.  Solid information to help make good choices.

We’ve got two copies of this American Horticultural Society Book Award winner to give away to two happy gardeners.  Just click here to visit the site of the publisher and enter for the random drawing.

Best of luck!

Perennial Vegetables, by Eric Toensmeier, Chelsea Green Publishing



{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

joss January 3, 2012 at 11:07 pm

How do you know exactly what I’m looking for right when I’m looking for it? Thank you so much!

HossBoss January 4, 2012 at 5:23 am

That would be a great book to have on the shelf for anyone who gardens. Thanks!

Elizabeth January 4, 2012 at 6:17 am

Perfect timing! Would love to have this as we’re planning our 2012 (and beyond!) garden.

Lorrie January 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

I’m just starting to think about my garden now. And perennial vegetables would be a very good thing.

Beth January 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I’ve been looking for a gardening book like this! It would be so helpful being new to veggie gardening. Thanks

Crafty Gardener January 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I would love to add this book to my gardening collection. I’m doing more and more veggie growing.

mari_smith January 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

Thanks for the opportunity. This book would be great for all levels of gardening.

Lesa January 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I’d been considering buying this book anyway, so maybe I’ll win one instead. In case I don’t, can you tell me how many perennial vegetables it includes that can be grown in Zone 5b?

Tomato Lady January 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Lesa–The book lists for the “Cold Temperate: East, Midwest, and Mountain West, USDA Zones 4-7 (is that you?) about 40 as perennials in all of the “cold temperate zone” and about the same amount that “can be grown as annuals in the cold temperate zone.” Plus about 20 more for “the warmer parts of the cold temperate zone, or perennial with protection.” This is per the list found in the Resources section.

Carolyn January 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I’m all for anything perennial (except for poison ivy, of course). Good find!

Lora January 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Thank you for the information. I’m very interested in learning more about this topic.

JavaLady January 8, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Sounds like a really great book to read as I plan my Spring Garden !! I came to your site today to down load your gardening tips and here is this book. Yaaayy !!
I hope I win !

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