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

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

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by Michael Phillips
     
 

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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,

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603581325
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
11/30/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,004,304
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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