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Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden

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ISBN13: 9780963452030
ISBN10: 0963452037
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For every gardener desiring to add apples, pears, cherries, and other tree fruit to their landscape here are hints and solid information from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower. The Backyard Orchardist includes help on selecting the best fruit trees and information about each stage of growth and development, along with tips on harvest and storage of the fruit. Those with limited space will learn about growing dwarf fruit trees in containers.
Appendices include a fruit-growers monthly calendar, a trouble-shooting guide for reviving ailing trees, and a resource list of nurseries selling fruit trees.

Synopsis:

For every gardener desiring to add apples, pears, cherries, and other tree fruit to their landscape here are hints and solid information from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower. The Backyard Orchardist includes help on selecting the best fruit trees and information about each stage of growth and development, along with tips on harvest and storage of the fruit. Those with limited space will learn about growing dwarf fruit trees in containers.
Appendices include a fruit-growers monthly calendar, a trouble-shooting guide for reviving ailing trees, and a resource list of nurseries selling fruit trees.

About the Author

As an orchard and farm market owner, Stella Otto shares over sixteen years of hands-on experience with aspiring backyard fruit growers. A horticultural instructor and consultant, she has frequently faced the questions presented in The Backyard Orchardist and offers practical, economical solutions.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations VIII
List of Charts XI
Acknowledgments XIII
Preface XIV
Section I. Getting Started with Fruit Trees
1. Enjoying Fruit Trees in the Landscape 17
2. Selecting the Right Site 21
A Close Look at Your Site-Climate-Average Minimum Temperatures and Hardiness-Length of Growing Season-Microclimate-Soil-Soil pH-Moisture-Sunlight-Space Required-The Perfect Site
3. Planting and Early Care 37
Preparing the soil-Selecting the tree-Plating-Pruning After Planting-Other Care
Section II. Fruit Fundamentals-Growth Habits of Specific Tree Fruit
3. Pome Fruit 47
4. Apples 49
Growth Habit-Flowering and Fruiting-Rootstocks-Variety Choices-Disease Resistant Varieties-Popular Varieties-Varieties for Special Situations
5. Pears 67
Growth Habits-Pollination-Rootstocks-Domestic Varieties-Judging Ripeness and Harvest Time-Asian Pears
Stone Fruit 81
6. Sweet Cherries 83
Growth Habit and Training-Flowering and Pollination-Rootstocks-Variety Selection
7. Tart Cherries 91
Growth Habit and Pruning-Rootstocks-Variety Selection
8. Apricots, Plums, Apriums & Plutos 95
Apricots-Flowering and Pollination-Rootstock-Varieties-Types of Plums-Pollination-Rootstocks-Pruning-Apriums & Pluots
9. Peaches & Nectarines 107
Growth Habit and Pruning-Flowering and Pollination-Rootstocks-Varieties-White Fleshed Peaches-Need for Thinning-Nectarines
Section III. Caring for Your Fruit Tree
10. Nutrition and Fertilizers 117
Photosynthesis-Choosing a Fertilizer-Function and Sources of Nutrients-Soil and Tissue Testing-Nutrient Deficiency Symptoms- Fertilizer: How Much?-Water: How Much?-Mulching-Modifying pH
11. Pruning Basics 127
Young Nonbearing Trees-The Bearing Tree-Rejuvenating the Neglected Overgrown Tree-Proper Pruning Cuts-Pruning Tools
12. Growing Fruit Trees in Containers 141
Genetic Dwarf Trees-Choosing a Container-The Soil Mix-Plants and Repotting-Feeding and Watering-Keeping the Container Growm Tree Healthy-Winterizing the Container Planting
13. Flowering, Fruiting and Thinning 149
Understanding Fruit Bud Development-Managing Growth and Fruiting in the Early Years-Flowering, Pollination and Fruit Set-June Drop-Biennial Bearing-Hand Thinning
Section IV. Pests & Diseases
14. Insect Pests 161
Understanding Insect Life Cycles-Insect Damage-General Insect Identification-Direct Insect Pests-Indirect Pests-Occasional Insect Pests-Beneficial Insects
15. Disease Identification 175
Fungus Diseases-Bacterial Diseases-Virus and Miscellaneous Disorders-Nematodes
16. Insect and Disease Control Methods 187
Different Philosophies Defined-Safe Handling of Materials-Effective Pest Control-Insect Control-Disease Control
17. Wildlife Pests 199
Birds-Deer-Rodents-Raccoons and Porcupines
Section V. Harvest
18. Harvest and Storage 205
When to Harvest-Picking Technique-Proper Storage
Section VI. Preface
Appendix
Reviving the Ailing Tree

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Amy Wachsmuth, October 1, 2014 (view all comments by Amy Wachsmuth)
When you buy your first fruit tree, do yourself and your new tree a favor and buy this book too. Now that I have three planted in my backyard, I'm wishing I would have read this prior to planting; I would have dug a much bigger hole and amended my clay soil with more sandy-loam and compost. I also would have done a better job setting my trees up for production by properly pruning those first few years of growth. Today is a new day.

This is an enjoyable-to-read book that covers all major fruit bearing trees with specific information for trees in different zones. Now I know, when and how to prune properly. What pests to watch out for and how to prevent infections/infestations and treat them in the most effective manner. I.e. most pests have a predictable time when they are going through some sort of molt or metamorphosis making treatment particularly effective. It is best to treat a specific problem and avoid “all-purpose” treatments as they are toxic to your backyard ecosystem and may create problems that didn't exist prior by killing of natural pest predators.

Stella also provides many tables regarding fruit variety and their flavor, blight and pest resistance, days from blossom to fruit, heights based on rootstock choices and everything else you might need. She educates us orchardists lingo, e.g. rootstock, scions, scaffold branches, callous, suckers, water sprouts...

I'll never remember everything in this book but I'll remember just enough to know its in there and where to find it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780963452030
Author:
Otto, Stella
Publisher:
Ottographics
Location:
Maple City, Mich. :
Subject:
Fruit
Subject:
Flowers - General
Subject:
Horticulture
Subject:
Fruit-culture
Subject:
Fruit trees
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry - General
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
Gardening-Fruit Gardening
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
map MF-1235-B
Publication Date:
19950131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
250
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.875 in 14.4 oz

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"Synopsis" by , For every gardener desiring to add apples, pears, cherries, and other tree fruit to their landscape here are hints and solid information from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower. The Backyard Orchardist includes help on selecting the best fruit trees and information about each stage of growth and development, along with tips on harvest and storage of the fruit. Those with limited space will learn about growing dwarf fruit trees in containers.
Appendices include a fruit-growers monthly calendar, a trouble-shooting guide for reviving ailing trees, and a resource list of nurseries selling fruit trees.
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