Synopses & Reviews
The Fruit Tree Handbook
- A step-by-step guide to growing all kinds of fruit trees
- Includes how to plan an orchard in small and large spaces
- Detailed advice on all aspects of fruit growing, from an orchard expert
is a clear, practical guide that will help both amateur and expert to grow delicious fruit, from apples to mulberries and plums to peaches. Simple instructions guide you through soil preparation, choosing the best varieties and planting your trees successfully, while the mysteries of pollination and pruning are unraveled with the help of diagrams and photographs.
At the heart of the book is a deep respect for the natural world, so you will find simple tips that help you to tackle pests and diseases in harmony with nature.Whether you are planting a few trees in your garden or 50 trees in a field, this book gives you all the information you need to design, plant and look after your orchard, large or small, and be rewarded with baskets full of luscious fruit at harvest time.
“A must for anyone considering anything from a couple of trees to an orchard.” —Mark Diacono, author, A Taste of the Unexpected
This clear, practical guide for both amateur and expert explains all you need to know in order to grow delicious fruit, from designing your orchard and planting your trees to harvesting your produce.
About the Author
Ben Pike is an orchard consultant and writer, and is head gardener on the Sharpham Estate in Devon, where he looks after the walled fruit and vegetable garden as well as two orchards containing 150 fruit trees. He helps run Orchard Link, an organization that supports orchard owners and the preservation of old orchards.