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Books for the Orchard Enthusiast
A number of books offer insightful teachings on everything from pruning to heirloom varieties. Here we will be offering some favorites, reviewing others, and keeping tabs on what lies ahead. Certain out-of-print classics can be found online.
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Michael Phillips shares green man ways to grow healthy through biological alchemy.
This hands-on exploration of soil biology and healthy plant metabolism will rock you. Fungal consciousness will help you become a better earth steward. You can get a preview of what's in store here. Join with me to catch this mycelial wave and work towards a tomorrow for generations to come.
Building system health applies to all fruits, and here's the book that will inspire beyond organic understanding!
Many people want to grow fruit but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something anyone with passionate desire can do -- given wise guidance and a personal commitment to observe the teachings of the trees.
The Holistic Orchard demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, including soil biology and organic health management. Detailed insights on grafting, planting, pruning, and choosing the right varieties for your climate are also included, along with a step-by-step instructional calendar to guide growers through the entire orchard year.
Michael Phillips completely changed the conversation about healthy orcharding with his first bestselling book, The Apple Grower, and now he takes that dialogue even further, drawing connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators and beneficial allies; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; and the newest research on safe, locally-inspired solutions to pest and disease challenges.
Support holistic orchard research! Hercules and his quest for the Golden Apples points the way!
with Michael Phillips
Retail Price $49.95
Anyone wanting to grow healthy apples should really begin with the book that helps make the sharing on these networking pages possible:
Michael Phillips' apple book has been a modest success, selling 30,000 copies since its initial publication by Chelsea Green in 1998. The exciting news is that this classic orcharding book has been fully revised and expanded! This time around The Apple Grower comes in full color with many practical charts and surprising new features.
|"This is a book I'd love to have written -- the best source available of all the best information on growing healthy apples."|
author of The New Organic Grower
As one friend said, The Apple Grower is a full-fledged college course on organic orcharding in its own right, and certainly worth every penny of its $40 cover price.
This definitive guide to growing apples wisely, naturally, and with gentler impact on the earth covers all the cultural points of apple growing. Michael's personal voice and clear-eyed advice have already made The Apple Grower a classic among small-scale growers and home orchardists. In fact, anyone serious about succeeding with apples needs to have this updated edition on their bookshelf.
You can order a signed copy of The Apple Grower direct from Michael online by simply clicking the button below.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but to a tree fruit grower, a picture can save thousands of dollars. A new book, Tree Fruit Field Guide to Insect, Mite, and Disease Pests and Natural Enemies of Eastern North America, contains over 500 color photos to help you identify pests and diseases that are causing damage in the orchard, as well as beneficial insects, spiders, and mites that should be honored. Actual size drawings of each insect helps seal the deal in figuring out who's who. This is the guide to figure out "points of vulnerability" of each insect and when fungal and bacterial infections can be held at bay. You can expect all 238 of these heavy duty pages to hold up through a lifetime of use!
To make the very best cider -- whether for yourself, your family and friends, or for market -- you first need a deep understanding of the processes involved. Fortunately, The New Cider Maker's Handbook is here to help. Claude Jolicoeur is an award-winning cider maker from Quebec with an inquiring, scientific mind. His book combines the best of traditional knowledge with deep, comprehensive information on all aspects of fermentation to advice on the best apples to grow for cider to instructions on how to build your own grater mill or cider press. This invaluable reference will surely be consulted again and again.
Cider is the new thing in today's drinking world, even though it's been around for centuries. Richly informative and entertaining, Cider, Hard and Sweet is your go-to source for everything related to apples, cider, and cider making. Ben Watson introduces us to its different styles -- draft, farmhouse, French, New England, and sparkling -- and also covers apple wine, apple juice, cider vinegar, and Calvados. It includes great information on apple varieties, cider making basics, barrel fermentation, and recipes for cooking with cider. Learn how to recognize a good cider, whether purchasing from a vintage producer to making the genuine article at home.
The apple guru from Fedco Trees reveals how he came to know so much about apples -- John Bunker spent years talking to his neighbors in Palermo, Maine, listening to cherished stories, walking their hedgerows and homestead orchards to learn about regional varieties, how they came to be planted there and why. A wonderful unveiling of two hundred years of history as told by apples! No other book offers such fun insights into heirloom varieties. Copiously illustrated in his own unmistakable style.
Brother Tom Burford knows his apples. His stories of our rich apple heritage span generations -- the Burford family has produced fruit in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia since 1715 -- and follow the apple's waves of popularity in America. The book is brimming with beautiful portraits of heirloom and modern apples of merit, each accompanied by distinguishing characteristics and common uses. The exploration of the apple culminates with an overview of the fruit's transformative capabilities when pressed, fermented, cooked, or dried. We've all been waiting for this visual guide to the best of fruit!
May the apple renaissance never end! Terroir writer Rowan Jacobsen explores the quirks and lore of 123 astonishing apples every grower needs to know. Classic heirlooms irresistibly kick off all such varietal lists. Those regional cultivars seemingly lost to ever blander marketing dictates especially deserve renewed consideration. Modern day crosses made with the likes of Cox Orange Pippin shall not be denied. Rowan's varietal profiles read like poetry for the fruit connoisseur. Couple this with stunning photography and explorations of the worlds of cider, the methodology of breeding new cultivars , and even hints to track down the wild unknown . . . and apple geeks never had it so good.
The most complete cookbook for enjoying and cooking with apples. Winner of an IACP "Best Cookbook" award! The Apple Lover's Cookbook celebrates the beauty of apples in all their delicious variety, taking you from the orchard to the kitchen with recipes both sweet (like Apple-Stuffed Biscuit Buns and Blue Ribbon Deep-Dish Apple Pie) and savory (like Cider-Brined Turkey and Apple Squash Gratin). It offers a full-color guide to fifty-nine apple varieties organized into cooking categories so that it's easy to choose the right fruit for any recipe. Amy Traverso also takes you around the country to meet farmers, cider makers, and apple enthusiasts.
A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print almost from the start, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.
Author Lee Calhoun is one of the foremost figures in apple conservation in America. This masterwork reflects his knowledge and personal experience over more than thirty years, as he sought out and grew hundreds of classic apples. Illustrated with more than 120 color images of classic apples from the National Agricultural Library's collection of watercolor paintings, Old Southern Apples is a fascinating and beautiful reference book. In addition to A-to-Z descriptions of apple varieties, both extant and extinct, Calhoun provides a brief history of apple culture in the South, and includes practical information on growing apples and on their traditional uses.
Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, and some beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants, but North America's native pollinators face multiple threats to their health and habitat. This informative guide offers a complete action plan for protecting these industrious orchard allies by providing flowering habitat and nesting sites. Solitary pollinators in particular get to early season bloom like no other bees. Attracting Native Pollinators is illustrated with hundreds of color photographs detailing a realm we all need to appreciate more.
Improve the biodiversity of your orchard and farm by making your land a welcoming place for beneficial insects. Learn to identify important farm allies through the close-up photography and insect profiles offered here. Next step, go wild with diversity, from beetle banks to contour buffer strips to integrated hedgerows, all aimed at improving habitat for these insect helpers. What matters are the right range of plants for a given bioregion, and this is where Farming with Native Beneficial Insects truly shines. Nine different ecosystems across North America are examined in detail, with lists and lists of wildflowers and grasses to weave into every orchard ecosystem. Practical advice on seeding, cover crop rotations, and maintaining this diversity for the long haul seals the deal. This is a must-have resource for holistic fruit growers.
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