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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 ofFor 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....

Title : Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden
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ISBN : 9780963452030
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 250 Pages
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Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden Reviews

  • Amy
    2019-02-24 14:36

    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 easy-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.

  • Khristiey
    2019-03-02 10:21

    good basics on planting, pruning, and placement do not care for the suggested use of non organic controls. gross and not necessary

  • John Brian Anderson
    2019-03-12 12:46

    Basic primer. A good book if you are just starting to learn but not comprehensive.

  • Pam
    2019-03-15 16:21

    I highly recommend this book for an home gardeners, who have or plan to add fruit trees to their property. Stella Otto does an excellent job presenting the general information needed on fruit trees, growing requirements, pruning, grafting, pest control and harvesting while also providing in depth information on each type of fruit and the varieties available. The book covers apples, pears, cherries, apricots, plums, peaches and nectarines. I found her chapter on revitalizing older trees particularly welcome.

  • Babs
    2019-03-18 13:37

    Got this book from the library to look into how to grow apple trees, and it seems like a really comprehensive guide to locating, planting, pruning, and caring for fruit trees at all stages. It even includes a list of common insects, fungi, and bacteria, their signs on your trees, and how to combat them in organic and non-organic methods. Unless I find another amazing book, I'll probably buy my own copy of this one.

  • Chelsea
    2019-02-26 17:20

    I think this will be a great reference book to have in my library especially as our little orchard grows. The first half of the book was about why to plant a fruit tree and how to prepare to plant a fruit tree which was very informative however since my orchard is 2 years old I was hoping for more about caring for the orchard and less about preparing to plant one. Good information for anyone with fruit trees.

  • Heath
    2019-02-26 10:23

    This seems like a very good resource and it was well worth reading. My only hesitation is that it seems a bit old. I am one that values time tested solutions but as new varieties come out among other things resources can become outdated. I am going to check on some of these things elsewhere with newer resources but I am sure that I learned a good bit from this book all the same.

  • K.
    2019-03-06 15:39

    This is a great book! For any of you locals wondering why in the heck we planted our fruit trees in such a small space, check out this really cool website about it...http://www.davewilson.com/homegrown/B...Lot's of great info on planting "compact orchards" or the most possible fruit in the smallest spaces imaginable!!

  • Biltron
    2019-03-10 17:44

    Great little book and extremely well written for this 'type' of book.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-04 13:28

    this book is full of good straightforward information. I do think she could go into a little more detail at times, but it's a good start for learning about fruit trees.

  • Bob
    2019-03-18 12:21

    This was very helpful as I was planning my little home orchard.

  • Kim
    2019-03-27 09:43

    Great resource.

  • Fed
    2019-03-07 15:27

    good

  • Joyce Lagow
    2019-03-27 13:29

    The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden by Stella Otto (1995)

  • Forest (Sarka) Chick
    2019-03-04 15:30

    More for a novice. Needs more solutions for problems.

  • Bonnie Roman
    2019-03-11 11:45

    Very (VERY) informative book. Everything I wanted to know about planting our fruit trees (and a whole lot of extra technical information that I didn't need)

  • Karen
    2019-02-26 16:17

    Ask me in three years if I have fruit trees. That answer will be my rating of this book.

  • Jason
    2019-03-19 15:45

    This book was excellent in it's depth and detail. I consider myself an "advanced novice" gardner. I learned a ton and refer to it regularly. I know have 8 thriving fruit trees.

  • Camilla
    2019-03-10 11:44

    Good basic information. Would have preferred more emphasis on organic methods of growth and pest control.