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The Home Orchard Handbook: A Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Fruit Trees Anywhere (Backyard)

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Crisp apples, tart lemons, lush figs, tender peaches—imagine the bounty of a late-summer farmer’s market, right in your backyard! Learning how to plant and care for fruit trees is a desirable, accessible activity for a wide range of people. It’s a natural extension of many gardeners’ repertoires, and the investment yields generations of results. Growing your own fruit ensures a fresh, delicious, abundant harvest for your family and friends for years to come. Fruit trees diversify a region’s agricultural landscape and ecosystems, attracting pollinating bees, songbirds, and other desirable visitors. And cultivating orchards on your own decreases your reliance on grocery store distribution channels and boosts sustainability.

Inside The Home Orchard Handbook, you'll find:

—Strategies for choosing your orchard's site, taking into consideration soil quality, sun exposure, microclimates, drainage, and more

—Information on plant selection, including what types of fruit trees do well in certain areas and how to decipher critical concepts such as "chill hours," "cultivars," "bareroot," and "cross-pollination"

—Guidance on aftercare, including in-depth watering, composting, and preventative care schedules to keep your backyard orchard fruitful for years

—Advice on troubleshooting diseases, conditions, and non-beneficial insects using only humane, organic remedies

—General tips on jamming, dehydrating, storing, and otherwise making the most of your orchard’s harvest with delicious recipes from chefs Tal Ronnen and Diana Stobo

Start growing your own fruit trees wherever you are with The Home Orchard Handbook!

Book News Annotation:

This colorful illustrated guide to growing fruit trees at home provides detailed information on all aspects of amateur orchard keeping. Beginning with an overview of orchard principles and history, the volume covers site selection, planting processes, irrigation and fertilization, pruning and weeding, pest control and other optimization and troubleshooting topics, and harvesting, fruit preservation and produce uses. Additional chapters discuss extending the hobby into community and teaching opportunities. The work includes numerous color photographs and sidebars as well as several recipes. Akin is the director of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and Rottke is a certified arborist. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Imagine the bounty of a late-summer farmers market, right in your backyard! Growing your own fruit ensures a fresh, delicious, abundant harvest for your family and friends for years!

Synopsis:

 

Crisp apples, tart lemons, lush figs, tender peaches—imagine the bounty of a late-summer farmer’s market, right in your backyard! Learning how to plant and care for fruit trees is a desirable, accessible activity for a wide range of people. It’s a natural extension of many gardeners’ repertoires, and the investment yields generations of results.

 

—Growing your own fruit ensures a fresh, delicious, abundant harvest for your family and friends for years.

—Fruit trees diversify a region’s agricultural landscape and ecosystems, attracting pollinating bees, songbirds, and other desirable visitors.

—Cultivating orchards on your own decreases your reliance on grocery store distribution channels and boosts sustainability. 

 

About the Author

Cem Akin and Leah Rottke are key members of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, which is a nonprofit charity dedicated to planting edible, fruitful trees and plants to benefit the environment and all its inhabitants. Their primary mission is to plant and help others plant a collective total of 18 billion fruit trees across the world (approximately 3 for every person alive) and encourage their growth under organic standards. www.ftpf.org

 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fruit Tree 101

Ancient Orchard Poetry

Environmental Benefits

Well-being

Two Tigers, One Rat, and a Fig

Chapter 2: Site Selection

Room Enough for Fruit Trees

Sunlight

Air Circulation

Soil

Know Your Substrate!

Soil Drainage

Water

Managing Microclimates

Planting Solutions for Small or Urban Spaces

Raised Beds

Container-grown Trees

Chapter 3: Plant Selection

Fruit Tree Basics: Roots and Shoots

Rootstocks

Fruitwood

Days to Harvest

Graft Unions

Pollination

Fruit Tree Intelligence

Chill Hours and Climate

Selecting Fruit Trees

Get Exotic!

Tree Size

Tree Transport

A Family Affair!

Storage

Chapter 4: Planting

Timing the Planting

Spotting the Layout

Tools

Site Preparation

Planting a Containerized Tree

Planting a Bareroot Tree

Checking Depth and Orientation

Backfill

Berms

Mulch

Staking

Planting Procedure Checklist

Chapter 5: Irrigation and Fertilization

Irrigation

Water Needs

Flood Irrigation

Sprinkler Irrigation

Micro-irrigation

Watering Schedule Guidelines

Watering Schedule Comparisons

Rainwater Harvesting

Fertilization

Macronutrients, Secondary Nutrients, and pH

Building Healthy Soil

What Is Compost Tea?

Organic Options for Citrus Trees

Chapter 6: Pruning and Weeding

Basics

Tools

Root Pruning

Cuts

Forms

Thinning

Mature Tree Rejuvenation

Topping

Rules of Thumb

When to Prune

Weeding

Weeds Wanted!

Companion Planting and Permaculture

Chapter 7: Prevention, Troubleshooting, and Controls

Right Tree, Right Place

Orchard Cleanup

Insects, Mites, and Nematodes

Diseases

Environmental Disorders

Animal Exclusion

Chapter 8: Enjoying the Harvest

Dehydrate Your Orchard

Preserving Your Harvest Through Canning

Jamming with Chef Tal Ronnen

Assorted Fruits: Seasonal Fruit in Papillote by Chef Tal

Apples and Cashews: Celery Root Soup with Granny Smith Apples by Chef Tal

Avocados and Lemons: Summer Chopped Salad by Chef Tal

Grapefruits: Shiso Bites by Chef Tal

Apples and Dates: Raspberry Applesauce by Diana Stobo

Apples: Caramel Apple Tart by Diana Stobo

Apricots and Cherries: Cherry Apricot Crisp by Diana Stobo

Peaches: Summer Peach Cobbler by Diana Stobo

Tangerines: Creamy Tangerine-tini by Diana Stobo

Chapter 9: Beyond the Home Orchard

Community Orchard Committee

Outreach

Event Day

Community Orchard Planting Checklist

Community Orchards Speak Volumes!

Contact FTPF

Glossary

Recommended Reading

Index

Image Credits

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592537129
Author:
Akin, Cem
Publisher:
Quarry
Author:
Rottke, Leah
Subject:
Fruit
Subject:
Gardening-Fruit Gardening
Subject:
Apples
Subject:
Planting
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Backyard Series
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

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Imagine the bounty of a late-summer farmers market, right in your backyard! Growing your own fruit ensures a fresh, delicious, abundant harvest for your family and friends for years!
"Synopsis" by ,

 

Crisp apples, tart lemons, lush figs, tender peaches—imagine the bounty of a late-summer farmer’s market, right in your backyard! Learning how to plant and care for fruit trees is a desirable, accessible activity for a wide range of people. It’s a natural extension of many gardeners’ repertoires, and the investment yields generations of results.

 

—Growing your own fruit ensures a fresh, delicious, abundant harvest for your family and friends for years.

—Fruit trees diversify a region’s agricultural landscape and ecosystems, attracting pollinating bees, songbirds, and other desirable visitors.

—Cultivating orchards on your own decreases your reliance on grocery store distribution channels and boosts sustainability. 

 

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