The Backyard Berry Book: A Hands-on Guide to Growing Berries, Brambles, and Vine Fruit in the Home Garden

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Here's hands-on advice from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower to help gardeners create an edible landscape. The Backyard Berry Book provided all the information that backyard gardeners need to grow strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, lingonberries, currants, gooseberries, grapes, and kiwi fruit. Includes details on soil nutrition and testing; disease, pest, weed, and bird control; and trellis design. A trouble-shooting section and seasonal activity calendar will...

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Overview

Here's hands-on advice from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower to help gardeners create an edible landscape. The Backyard Berry Book provided all the information that backyard gardeners need to grow strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, lingonberries, currants, gooseberries, grapes, and kiwi fruit. Includes details on soil nutrition and testing; disease, pest, weed, and bird control; and trellis design. A trouble-shooting section and seasonal activity calendar will help ensure success.

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"If you're dreaming of harvesting mouth-watering small fruits in your own backyard, ...read this book! If you're already trying small fruit production and harvesting a peck of problems, ...read this book. Stella Otto tells you how to grow the familiar and the more exotic, for big results in a little space." --Jan Riggenbach, columnist Midwest Gardening and Midwest Living magazine

George Cohen

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Otto focuses on what she calls small fruit, fruit that does not grow on trees but as a cultivated, perennial crop on small plants, canes, bushes, or vines--strawberries, rhubarbs, brambles (raspberries and blackberries), blueberries, lingonberries, currants, gooseberries, grapes, and kiwi fruit. She begins with a chapter on site selection and preparation, continuing with chapters on plant selection and propagation; berry botany; soil nutrition, photosynthesis, and water; pest control; and diseases. Chapters detailing the growing of these small fruits complete the book, along with troubleshooting questions and answers, a seasonal activity calendar, and a glossary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963452061
  • Publisher: OttoGraphics
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 259,637
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Author of the 1994 Benjamin Franklin Award winner, The BackYard Orchardist, Stella Otto has more than sixteen years of hands-on experience in fruit growing. As a horticultural instructor, consultant, and fruit farm owner she has repeatedly faced the questions presented in the Backyard Berry Book and offers practical, realistic solutions.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Charts
Acknowledgments
Preface
1. Success with Backyard Berries
Section I. Getting to the Roots-Fundamentals of Small Fruit Growing
2. Selecting the Right Site
Selecting the Site-Soil-Preparing the Site-Controlling Weeds and Nematodes-Adjusting pH-Adding Organic Matter-Correcting Soil Drainage Problems-Windbreaks
3. Plant Selection and Propagation
Selecting a Healthy Plant-Types of Nursery Stock-Selecting Specific Varieties-Propagation Methods & Techniques
4. A Bit of Berry Botany
Parts of the Plant and Flower-What is a Berry?-Understanding Fruit Bud Development-Chilling-Pollination-Cold Hardiness
5. Soil Nutrition, pH, and Water
Photosynthesis-Soil pH: What is it?-Modifying pH-Choosing a Fertilizer-Functions and Sources of Important Plant Nutrients-Soil and Tissue Testing-Understanding Your Soil Test Results-Fertilizer:How Much?-Water:How Much?-Irrigation-Mulching-Compost
6. Pest Control Strategies
Approaches to Pest Control:Cultural, Chemical, Organic, and Biological-Integrated Pest Management-Effective Pest Control-Safe Handling of Pesticides
7. Insect: Friend or Foe
Understanding Incest Life Cycles-Insect Damage-General Insect Identification-Encouraging and Using Beneficial Insects for Pest Control-Effective Use of Beneficial Organisms
8. Disease Identification
Fungus Diseases-Bacterial Diseases-Viruses & Miscellaneous Disorders-Nematodes
9. Wildlife Pests
Birds-Deer-Rodents-Gophers, Raccoons and Porcupines
Section II. Early Spring Fruit
10. Strawberries
Selecting & Preparing the Site-Growth Habits & Specific Varieties-Planting Systems-Planting in Small Spaces-Planting-Care of the Berry Planting-Renovation-Pests and Diseases-Harvest
11. Rhubarb
Site Selection Preparation and Planning-General Care-Varieties-Pests and Diseases-Harvest
Section III. Brambles
12. Bramble Basics
Site Selection-Selecting and Caring for Bramble Varieties-Planting and Spacing-Water-Fertilizer-Pruning and Trellising-Insects and Diseases
13. Raspberries
Types & Varieties-Thimbleberries & Winberries-Pruning-Harvest
14. Blackberry
Types & Varieties-Planting-Pruning-Harvest
Section IV. Bush Fruit
15. Blueberries
Types and Varieties-Site Requirements-Soil Requirements-Plant Selection and Planting-Care after Planting-Planting in Containers-Fertilizer and Water-Pruning-Diseases-Insects-Harvest
16. Lingonberries
Growth Habit-Site Requirements-Varieties-Planting-Ongoing Care-Fertilizer and Water-Pests and Diseases-Harvest
17. Currants and Gooseberries
Site Requirements-Pollination-Varieties-Planting-Pruning-Fertilizer and Water-Diseases and Insect Pests-Harvest
Section V. Vine Fruit
18. General Characteristics and Culture of Grapes
Climatic Effects on Site Selection-Site Selection and Soil-Planting the Vine-Special Terminology-Trellis Design Fundamentals-Vine Training Systems-Pest and Diseases-Weed Control
19. Bunch Grapes
Types & Varieties-Fertilizer and Water-Care of the Young Vineyard-Training-Pruning-Cluster Thinning-Growing in Containers-Winter Protection-Harvest
20. Muscadine Grapes
Varieties-Pollination-Training the Young Vine-Pruning-Fertilizer and Water-Fruit Drop-Winter Protection-Harvest
21. Kiwifruit
Site and Soil Requirements-Pollination-Varieties-Planting-The First Critical Years-Growing in Containers-Fertilizer and Water-Frost Protection-Pruning-Pests and Diseases-Harvest
Section VI. Resources
Troubleshooting Questions & Answers
Seasonal Activity Calendar
Sources of Plant Stock/Nurseries
Associations
Publications
Further Reading
Glossary
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    Excellent source for learning!

    Of all the books I've ordered, this one has been the most helpful, particularly in propogating wild brambles (blackberries and raspberries). It explains things so they're easy to understand. The book explains first year and second year canes and when different varieties produce. It has hand-drawn pictures of pests, recommendations on how to get rid of them (both chemical and not), tells how to prune grapes and brambles, how to build harbors...I wish I'd had this book years ago. Of all the information I've found, this has been the most helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2009

    Disappointed

    I recently bought a home that has raspberries, grapes and blackberries planted on the property. I'm a newbie at growing anything but veggies so I needed some help. I found this book to be confusing - and the lack of color photos for plant type clarification was disappointing. I can see how the book may be helpful to those who are already familiar with berry plants but I ended up returning it.

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