Fruit-culture

Traditional Orcharding: Practical Methods for Growing and Marketing Fruit

Author: 
Fred C. Sears and Kary C. Davis
Publisher: 
Lyons Press
Publication Date: 
2003
ISBN: 
1–592–28002–1

paper, 315 p., $14.95

Originally published in 1914, this guide recalls the traditions of commercial fruit growing nearly a century ago. Considered one of the most authoritative works on the subject, it was used as a textbook for generations of students of agriculture. Both the historical illustrations and the literary style evoke earlier, simpler times, when horses supplied the power to pull the wagons and tractors.

Volume: 
7
Number: 
2

The Home Orchard: Growing Your Own Deciduous Fruit and Nut Trees

Author: 
Chuck A. Ingels, Pamela M. Geisel, and Maxwell V. Norton (editors)
Publisher: 
University of California
Publication Date: 
2007
ISBN: 
1–879–90672–4

paper, 202 pp., $25.00

This comprehensive, practical guide to the home orchard is filled with information on plant culture. Its focus is on the six regional fruit-growing areas in California. Even though the plantings discussed are suitable to that climate, much of the text applies to home fruit culture in general. The quality of illustrations is outstanding, making each subject clear to the reader. The information covers a broad range of horticultural subjects, including a calendar schedule for the care of each tree species.

Volume: 
9
Number: 
4

The Gourmet Gardener: Everything You Need to Know to Grow and Prepare the Very Finest Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables

Author: 
Bob Flowerdew
Publisher: 
Kyle Cathie
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
1–856–26538–2

cloth, 192 p., $35.00

British author Bob Flowerdew, an organic gardener, discusses his experimental operations for growing more luscious fruits and tastier vegetables, as well as his choices for the best-perfumed flowers. In this practical and personal guide to gardening organically, the author concentrates on growing crops on the basis of taste and flavor, not for yield or prizewinning exhibits.

Volume: 
8
Number: 
2

Embroidered Ground: Revisiting the Garden

Author: 
Page Dickey
Publisher: 
Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–0–374–25632–6

Cloth, 250 pp., $26.00

Page Dickey, author, lecturer, and garden designer, has written a charming book reflecting on the changes over 40 years in her garden as well as in her life. This is like a leisurely stroll through Duck Hill with Dickey pointing out some of her favorite plants, reflecting on the evolution of this treasured space.

Volume: 
13
Number: 
4

Edible Plants for Prairie Gardens: The Best Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs

Author: 
June Flanagan
Publisher: 
Fifth House Ltd.
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–1–897–25220–8

paper, 239 pp., $19.95

Canadian June Flanagan defines the prairies geographically in her native Canada, as extending across Alberta to Manitoba, then through Montana to Minnesota. Not exactly the area, we, as midwesterners, apply to prairie lands. The weather they face has frigid winters, fickle springs, drought, wind, and a fleeting number of frost–free days, all familiar to local gardeners. Although no climate zones are mentioned, the fruits and vegetables noted in this book are all well within our Zone 5.

Volume: 
14
Number: 
3

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