paper, 319 pp., $24.95
Current economic conditions, interest in insuring food safety, and concern over the impact of food transportation on carbon footprint, have led many gardeners to grow food crops in the home garden. Whether experienced or novice, gardeners will find this guide on growing fruits and nuts, arguably, the most comprehensive and understandable reference on the subject for non-professionals. Author Leonard Perry has based his book on the original work by Lewis Hill, capturing his writing style in the new text and adding to the subject matter with the latest culture information and newest varieties. The contents include how to select the proper fruits and nuts, including the latest cultivars for different regions and soils; how to grow them and where; soil preparation; required seasonal care; harvesting; storage; and how to contend with such problems as pests, diseases, and animal control. Heavily illustrated with sizable photographs and drawings that detail instructions, this book is recommended for its impressive coverage of a broad subject by notable authorities.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden