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Grow Your own Fruit

Grow Your own Fruit
Carol Klein
Octopus Books
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paper, 224 pp., $19.95

This guide to growing fruit in the home garden, written by an experienced gardener, is filled with information on 40 different crops from the ever popular apple to the more exotic passion fruit and less well-known sea buckthorn. British author Carol Klein examines such topics as the correlation between site and plant selection, as well as the fundamentals of plant culture, pests and disease problems, pollination, harvesting, and fruit storage. The section on training and pruning plants is exceptionally well done; it is abundantly illustrated with clear photographs and visual images that clarify instructions. The directory of plants is divided into fruit trees, soft fruit, vine fruit, nuts, and unusual fruit. Supplementary materials include a pollination chart and glossary. Although many of the cultivars mentioned may not be readily available, this book is valuable reference because of its many practical gardening tips.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden