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The Home Orchard Handbook: A Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Fruit Trees Anywhere (Backyard)
Synopses & Reviews
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)
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!
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
Two Tigers, One Rat, and a Fig
Chapter 2: Site Selection
Room Enough for Fruit Trees
Know Your Substrate!
Planting Solutions for Small or Urban Spaces
Chapter 3: Plant Selection
Fruit Tree Basics: Roots and Shoots
Days to Harvest
Fruit Tree Intelligence
Chill Hours and Climate
Selecting Fruit Trees
A Family Affair!
Chapter 4: Planting
Timing the Planting
Spotting the Layout
Planting a Containerized Tree
Planting a Bareroot Tree
Checking Depth and Orientation
Planting Procedure Checklist
Chapter 5: Irrigation and Fertilization
Watering Schedule Guidelines
Watering Schedule Comparisons
Macronutrients, Secondary Nutrients, and pH
Building Healthy Soil
What Is Compost Tea?
Organic Options for Citrus Trees
Chapter 6: Pruning and Weeding
Mature Tree Rejuvenation
Rules of Thumb
When to Prune
Companion Planting and Permaculture
Chapter 7: Prevention, Troubleshooting, and Controls
Right Tree, Right Place
Insects, Mites, and Nematodes
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
Community Orchard Planting Checklist
Community Orchards Speak Volumes!
About the Authors
What Our Readers Are Saying
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