Synopses & Reviews
Take your pick: apples, pears, peaches, blueberries? For health- and money-conscious consumers, homegrown edibles are the way to go. While vegetable gardening has been the hot trend, fruit growing is now taking a bite out of the market. This timely and comprehensive book from gardening expert Lee Reich shows the way to successfully grow fruits that are delicious and nutritious, with information on over 30 fruits and how to reap the most of their bounty. Covering all topics from planning and planting to pruning and harvesting, this essential reference also discusses natural pest-control and fertilization methods, pollination, irrigation, and special techniques such as espalier and growing fruit in containers. A handy, encyclopedic listing of fruits provides in-depth information on individual fruit needs, care, and varieties, with a focus on all-natural growing techniques. With 150 photos and over 50 illustrations, this highly visual guide is the book to pick up to keep your fruit crops thriving.
"When I have a question about fruit growing I always go to one of Lee Reich's books. Here's another to add to that great resource." --Eliot Coleman, former Executive Director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and organic advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"Lee Reich is truly the Pied Piper of fruit growing. Every page of this book makes you want to tuck yet another fruiting plant into the landscape. And Lee's way of making fruit science simple and clear gives you the confidence to do it."
--Barbara Damrosch, author of "The Garden Primer"
"This is THE book for growing fruit, whether for home use or for the farmer wanting to add profitable diversity to the farm stand. In the true spirit of organic, Lee Reich takes you step-by-step through what, where, and how to grow without toxic sprays -- working with, rather than against, nature for a bounty of great-tasting, healthful fruit." --Ron Khosla, Organic Advisor to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and founder Certified Naturally Grown
This timely and comprehensive book shows the way to successfully grow fruits that are delicious and nutritious, with information on more than 30 fruits and how to reap the most of their bounty.
About the Author
Lee Reich holds a PhD in horticulture with a specialty in growing fruit and has worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His award-winning garden has been featured in "The New York Times" and Martha Stewart Living. Author of several gardening books, including "The Pruning Book "and" Landscaping with Fruit," he's also a syndicated national gardening columnist for The Associated Press. He lives in New Paltz, NY.
Table of Contents
PART 1: The Basics
CH. 1 - Planning Your Fruit Garden
CH. 2 - Planting and Growing
CH. 3 - Pruning
CH. 4 - Pests and Diseases
CH. 5 - Harvesting and Storing
PART 2: The Fruit
Information for each fruit: An introduction with common name, botanical name, plant size, pollination needs, sun/shade requirements, zones of adaptation, regions with least pest problems
Pests and Diseases
Fruits included: apple, apricot, avocado, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, citrus, currants, elderberry, fig, gooseberry, grapes, jujube, juneberry, kiwifruit, mango, medlar, mulberry, nectarine, papaya, pawpaw, peach, pear, persimmon, pineapple guava, plum, pomegranate, quince, raspberry, seaberry, shipova, strawberry
Appendix 1: USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map
Appendix 2: American Horticultural Society Heat Zone Map
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