The Apple Grower: Guide for the Organic Orchardist, 2nd Edition [NOOK Book]

Overview

For decades fruit growers have sprayed their trees with toxic chemicals in an attempt to control a range of insect and fungal pests. Yet it is possible to grow apples responsibly, by applying the intuitive knowledge of our great-grandparents with the fruits of modern scientific research and innovation.



Since The Apple Grower first appeared in 1998, orchardist Michael Phillips has continued his research with ...

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The Apple Grower: Guide for the Organic Orchardist, 2nd Edition

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Overview

For decades fruit growers have sprayed their trees with toxic chemicals in an attempt to control a range of insect and fungal pests. Yet it is possible to grow apples responsibly, by applying the intuitive knowledge of our great-grandparents with the fruits of modern scientific research and innovation.



Since The Apple Grower first appeared in 1998, orchardist Michael Phillips has continued his research with apples, which have been called "organic's final frontier." In this new edition of his widely acclaimed work, Phillips delves even deeper into the mysteries of growing good fruit with minimal inputs. Some of the cuttingedge topics he explores include:




  • The use of kaolin clay as an effective strategy against curculio and borers, as well as its limitations

  • Creating a diverse, healthy orchard ecosystem through understory management of plants, nutrients, and beneficial microorganisms

  • How to make a small apple business viable by focusing on heritage and regional varieties, value-added products, and the "community orchard" model


The author'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.

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Editorial Reviews

Roger B. Swain
The lure of the apple has been the undoing of many a would-be fruit gardener. But with experience comes wisdom, and nowhere has this wisdom been more generously and articulately revealed than in the pages of this book. Apples will never be easy to raise, but to taste of these pages is to be blessed with fresh hopes for one's own harvest.—Horticulture Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603581325
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/30/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: 2nd edition, revised, enlarged and updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Phillips is a farmer, writer, carpenter, orchard consultant, and speaker who lives with his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Grace, on Heartsong Farm in northern new Hampshire, where they grow apples and a variety of medicinal herbs. Michael authored The Apple Grower and teamed up with Nancy to write The Herbalist's Way. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a diversified mountain farm in northern New Hampshire, and he also leads the community orchard movement at www.GrowOrganicApples.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One

Growing Apples Locally

Apple Growing a Hundred Years Ago

Today's Integrated Pest Management

Bringing It All Together

Conventional Wisdom

The Small Commercial Orchard in Context

Chapter Two

The Orchard Site and Its Climate

Sacred Slopes

The Four Points of the Compass

Dry Ground

Zone Hardiness

Windbreaks

Biodiversity in a Fruit Orchard

Proximity to Markets

Chapter Three

The Enriching of Fruit Lands

The Living Soil

Compost Forever

Soil Amendments

Foliar Feeding

Biodynamic Teachings

Cover Cropping

Ponderable Mulch

Soil Tests and Leaf Analysis

Trace Minerals for Every Tree

Chapter Four

The Trees and the Planting

Cultivar Selection

Rootstocks and Tree Spacing

Nursery Sources and Varietal Collectors

Grafting and Propagation

The Setting of the Trees

Orchard Size and Layout

High-Density Plantings

Down to the Nitty-Gritty

Chapter Five

Care of the Orchard

Intuitive Pruning

Training the Apple Tree

Pollination and Fruit Set

Frost Protection

Thinning the Fruit

The Great Grass Debate

Mowing Options

Summer Care

Preparing for Winter

Restoring Neglected Orchards

Chapter Six

Apple Pests and Diseases

The Beginning of Understanding

Good-bye, Foliar Pests

Insect Identification

Bug-by-Bug Profiles

Beneficial Insects

Good Sanitation

Fungal Diseases

Other Diseases of the Apple

Four-Legged Considerations

Chapter Seven

Spraying for Balance

The Complexities of Nature

All the Answers Aren't Known, but We're Gaining

Timing Is Everything

The Orchard Calendar

Botanicals, Elementals, and Forbidden Fruit

Gentler Sprays

Spray Equipment for the Small Commercial Orchard

Matters of Concern

Chapter Eight

Reaping the Harvest

When to Pick

Harvest Equipment

The Apple Picker's Reel

Hiring Help

Windfalls and Fat Sheep

From Orchard to Packing Shed

Grading Revisited

Cider Making

The Juice of the Apple

Apple Storage

Chapter Nine

Marketing in the Local Economy

Getting a Fair Price

Apple Economics

Niche Marketing

Value-Added Products

Organic Certification

Advertising

Marketing Innovations

Long-Term Vision

Chapter Ten

The Last Organic Frontier

The Sustainable Orchard

Tree Spirit, Community Spirit

Organic Perseverance

Here We Come a-Wassailing

Esopus Spitzenberg and a Better Tomorrow

Appendix I Compendium of Orchard Tasks

Appendix 2 Apple Grower's Source List

Appendix 3 Lost Nation Apple Recipes

Appendix 4 Bibliography

Index

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