The Holistic Orchard

The Holistic Orchard

Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way

Book - 2011
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Offers advice for growing fruit orchards using organic methods, covering topics such as orchard design, strategies for controlling pests and diseases, and the different varieties of each type of fruit.

Chelsea Green Publishing

Many people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something virtually anyone with space and passionate desire can do - given wise guidance and a personal commitment to observe the teachings of the trees. A holistic grower knows that producing fruit is not about manipulating nature but more importantly, fostering nature. Orcharding then becomes a fascinating adventure sure to provide your family with all sorts of mouth-watering fruit.

The Holistic Orchard demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, as well as orchard design, 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. The extensive profiles of pome fruits (apples, pears, asian pears, quinces), stone fruits (cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums), and berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, and elderberries) will quickly have you savoring the prospects.

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; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes and other insectary plants; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; and the newest research on safe, homegrown solutions to pest and disease challenges.

All along the way, Phillips' expertise and enthusiasm for healthy growing shines through, as does his ability to put the usual horticultural facts into an integrated ecology perspective. This book will inspire beginners as well as provide deeper answers for experienced fruit growers looking for scientific organic approaches. Exciting times lie ahead for those who now have every reason in the world to confidently plant that very first fruit tree!



Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., 2011
ISBN: 9781933392134
1933392134
Characteristics: xiv, 414 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Jul 27, 2012

This is a detailed book and would be a must-buy for anyone who is planning on commercial orcharding. It is bursting woth information, right down to disease control and identification to an analysis of different varieties of blueberries. There are a reasonable number of photos and diagrams, which are well-chosen and very useful. A few more may have been nice.

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