The Home Orchard Handbook: A Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Fruit Trees Anywhere
flexible covers, 192 pp., $24.99
When creating this practical manual, the authors brought together their expertise in arboriculture, experiences in gardening, and ability to teach students of different ages the techniques of tree planting and care. Heavily illustrated, the text is arguably the most comprehensive, up-to-date work on growing fruit trees, both in the home garden and at community sites. The authors take the reader through planting and maintenance procedures, step by step. General topics include site and plant selection; irrigation and fertilization; pruning and weeding; insect and disease control; maintenance; and, finally harvesting and storage of crops. A chapter containing luscious fruit recipes is sure to inspire every cook. Cem Akin, with experience in planting community orchards on five continents, speaks of the benefits of such projects. A useful glossary on the lingo of fruit tree culture, a recommended reading list, internet resources on fruit tree planting, and a useful index complete the supplemental materials.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden
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