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The Apple Grower

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For decades fruit growers have sprayed their trees with toxic chemicals in an attempt to control a range of insect and fungal pests. Yet it is possible to grow apples responsibly, by applying the intuitive knowledge of our great-grandparents with the fruits of modern scientific research and innovation.
Since The Apple Grower first appeared in 1998, orchardist Michael Phillips has continued his research with apples, which have been called "organic's final frontier." In this new edition of his widely acclaimed work, Phillips delves even deeper into the mysteries of growing good fruit with minimal inputs. Some of the cuttingedge topics he explores include:
  • The use of kaolin clay as an effective strategy against curculio and borers, as well as its limitations

  • Creating a diverse, healthy orchard ecosystem through understory management of plants, nutrients, and beneficial microorganisms

  • How to make a small apple business viable by focusing on heritage and regional varieties, value-added products, and the "community orchard" model

  • The author's personal voice and clear-eyed advice have already made The Apple Grower a classic among small-scale growers and home orchardists. In fact, anyone serious about succeeding with apples needs to have this updated edition on their bookshelf.

    Synopsis:

    Since the first edition was released in 1998, The Apple Grower has been the definitive guide to growing apples wisely, naturally, and with gentle impact on the earth. Orchardist Michael Phillips continues his research with apples, which have been called ?organic's final frontier.? In this new edition of his widely acclaimed work, Phillips delves even deeper into the mysteries of growing good fruit with minimal inputs.

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments XI
    Introduction XIII
    Chapter One
    Growing Apples Locally 1
    Apple Growing a Hundred Years Ago 1
    Today's Integrated Pest Management 2
    Bringing It All Together 5
    Conventional Wisdom 7
    The Small Commercial Orchard in Context 11
    Chapter Two
    The Orchard Site and Its Climate 17
    Sacred Slopes 19
    The Four Points of the Compass 20
    Dry Ground 20
    Zone Hardiness 22
    Windbreaks 25
    Biodiversity in a Fruit Orchard 26
    Proximity to Markets 27
    Chapter Three
    The Enriching of Fruit Lands 31
    The Living Soil 32
    Compost Forever 37
    Soil Amendments 39
    Foliar Feeding 44
    Biodynamic Teachings 46
    Cover Cropping 50
    Ponderable Mulch 52
    Soil Tests and Leaf Analysis 56
    Trace Minerals for Every Tree 59
    Chapter Four
    The Trees and the Planting 63
    Cultivar Selection 63
    Rootstocks and Tree Spacing 75
    Nursery Sources and Varietal Collectors 82
    Grafting and Propagation 85
    The Setting of the Trees 90
    Orchard Size and Layout 95
    High-Density Plantings 99
    Down to the Nitty-Gritty 101
    Chapter Five
    Care of the Orchard 107
    Intuitive Pruning 107
    Training the Apple Tree 117
    Pollination and Fruit Set 123
    Frost Protection 128
    Thinning the Fruit 130
    The Great Grass Debate 133
    Mowing Options 137
    Summer Care 140
    Preparing for Winter 143
    Restoring Neglected Orchards 145
    Chapter Six
    Apple Pests and Diseases 149
    The Beginning of Understanding 149
    Good-bye, Foliar Pests 152
    Insect Identification 152
    Bug-by-Bug Profiles 156
    Beneficial Insects 178
    Good Sanitation 180
    Fungal Diseases 181
    Other Diseases of the Apple 195
    Four-Legged Considerations 199
    Chapter Seven
    Spraying for Balance 211
    The Complexities of Nature 211
    All the Answers Aren't Known, but We're Gaining 212
    Timing Is Everything 215
    The Orchard Calendar 217
    Botanicals, Elementals, and Forbidden Fruit 218
    Gentler Sprays 228
    Spray Equipment for the Small Commercial Orchard 244
    Matters of Concern 248
    Chapter Eight
    Reaping the Harvest 255
    When to Pick 255
    Harvest Equipment 258
    The Apple Picker's Reel 259
    Hiring Help 261
    Windfalls and Fat Sheep 262
    From Orchard to Packing Shed 262
    Grading Revisited 264
    Cider Making 267
    The Juice of the Apple 273
    Apple Storage 278
    Chapter Nine
    Marketing in the Local Economy 281
    Getting a Fair Price 283
    Apple Economics 285
    Niche Marketing 286
    Value-Added Products 289
    Quality and Appearance 292
    Organic Certification 293
    Advertising 296
    Marketing Innovations 297
    Long-Term Vision 303
    Chapter Ten
    The Last Organic Frontier 307
    The Sustainable Orchard 307
    Tree Spirit, Community Spirit 312
    Organic Perseverance 315
    Here We Come a-Wassailing 317
    Esopus Spitzenberg and a Better Tomorrow 318
    Appendix I Compendium of Orchard Tasks 321
    Appendix 2 Apple Grower's Source List 325
    Appendix 3 Lost Nation Apple Recipes 330
    Appendix 4 Bibliography 331
    Index 333

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9781931498913
    Author:
    Phillips, Michael
    Publisher:
    Chelsea Green Publishing Company
    Subject:
    Fruit
    Subject:
    Organic
    Subject:
    Apples
    Subject:
    Organic farming
    Subject:
    Agriculture - General
    Subject:
    Gardening-Organic Gardening
    Copyright:
    Edition Number:
    REV
    Edition Description:
    Trade paper
    Publication Date:
    20051131
    Binding:
    TRADE PAPER
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Y
    Pages:
    360
    Dimensions:
    10 x 8 x 0.75 in 32 oz

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    "Synopsis" by , Since the first edition was released in 1998, The Apple Grower has been the definitive guide to growing apples wisely, naturally, and with gentle impact on the earth. Orchardist Michael Phillips continues his research with apples, which have been called ?organic's final frontier.? In this new edition of his widely acclaimed work, Phillips delves even deeper into the mysteries of growing good fruit with minimal inputs.
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