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Smaller Is Better
Imagine a peach tree that's the same height as you. And an apple tree that doesn't require a ladder for reaching the top-most fruit. Following Ann Ralph's timed pruning plan and simple maintenance guidelines, you can keep ordinary fruit trees small and manageable. Your little trees need less garden space, are easier to care for, and offer just the right amount of fruit for most households.
Grow your own apples, plums, cherries, and peaches in even the smallest backyard! Expert pruner Ann Ralph reveals a simple yet revolutionary secret that keeps an ordinary fruit tree much smaller than normal. These great little trees take up less space, require less care, offer easy harvest, and make a fruitful addition to any home landscape.
About the Author
Ann Ralph is a fruit tree specialist with twenty years of nursery experience. She teaches pruning classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in the Sierra foothills near Jackson, California.
Table of Contents
Introducing the Little Fruit Tree
Chapter 1 - Small Is Beautiful
Chapter 2 - The Short Fruit Tree Method
Chapter 3 - The Elementary Principles of Pruning
Chapter 4 - Choosing Varieties
Chapter 5 - The Fruit Tree Comes Home
Chapter 6 - The Conversation Begins: The Hardest Pruning Cut You'll Ever Have To Make
Chapter 7 - The Conversation Continues
Chapter 8 - How Much Water Does a Fruit Tree Need?
Chapter 9 - Working with Mother Nature
Chapter 10 - Ripe Fruit
Chapter 11 - Entering the Zone of Equilibrium