Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden

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"This expanded sequel to the author's celebrated Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention offers new fruits, new varieties, and new photos and illustrations to entice the reader into an exciting world of garden pleasure." "As useful as it is inspiring, this volume emphasizes the practicalities of plant selection (a thorough source list is included), cultivation, propagation, and maintenance. Importantly for the environment, good harvests are possible from these tough plants without the rigorous spraying or fussy pruning required of more familiar tree
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Overview

"This expanded sequel to the author's celebrated Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention offers new fruits, new varieties, and new photos and illustrations to entice the reader into an exciting world of garden pleasure." "As useful as it is inspiring, this volume emphasizes the practicalities of plant selection (a thorough source list is included), cultivation, propagation, and maintenance. Importantly for the environment, good harvests are possible from these tough plants without the rigorous spraying or fussy pruning required of more familiar tree fruits. Nearly all the fruits in this book offer year-round ornamental interest even when not in fruit or flower." Graced by beautifully pen-and-ink drawings, colourful photos, and the author's own eloquent style, Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden is a delightful book in the tradition of classic garden writing. Each gardener who reads this book is only a growing season away from enriching the home table with unexpected delicacies.
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Editorial Reviews

Greenscapes
"Some gardening books inspire, others entertain, and some educate. Lee Reich's
Uncommom Fruits does all three and then some."

Greenscapes, January 2005

Bloomsbury Review
"Although this book is a useful how-to, it also provides great armchair reading, for both the clarity of the prose and the intriguing background provided for the selections. [Reich] provides us with a fascinating opportunity to bridge the gap between the ordinary and the exotic, with the garden at the conjunction. If you've ever had a hankering for pawpaw, jujubes, jostaberries, or persimmons, this is your chance to learn how to grow your own ... [A] great addition to the gardening bookshelf."

—Allison Tsu, Bloomsbury Review, May 2005

American Gardener
"For those gardeners who, like me, are always searching for something a bit out of the ordinary for both their gardens and their tummies, this book is a gem."
—Rita Pelczar, American Gardener, July/August 2004
NACTA Journal
“This book is ideal for teaching and discussion. I can find no weaknesses in it.”
New Life on a Homestead
"If only I’d foundUncommon Fruits for Every Gardensooner!”
From the Publisher
“This book is ideal for teaching and discussion. I can find no weaknesses in it.”

"If only I’d foundUncommon Fruits for Every Gardensooner!”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881929447
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 844,617
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Reich is an author, lecturer, and consultant whose books include The Pruning Book and Weedless Gardening. Reich grows a broad assortment of fruit plants in his own garden, which has been featured in the New York Times, Organic Gardening, and Martha Stewart Living.

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Read an Excerpt

It is said that if you order strawberries in a deluxe Parisian restuarant, those strawberries will be very small and very expensive (but of course!), but also very delicious. Such fruits are not scaled-down or poorly grown versions of common, cultivated strawberries, but different species of near wild strawberries: the alpine strawberry or the musk strawberry.

Alpine and musk strawberry fruits are expensive not because they are hard to grow, but because the plants are not very productive. This should not preclude growing them in the backyard garden, where flavor is as important as productivity. Fruits of the alpine strawberry have an intense, wild strawberry flavor. The flavor of the musk strawberry tastes like a mixture of strawberry, raspberry, and pineapple. Delicious!

For centuries, Europeans planted both species in gardens and harvested them from the wild. Cultivation of alpine and musk strawberries abated two and a half centuries ago with the development of the "modern" strawberry, which is a large-fruited and prolific hybrid of two American species.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Acknowledgments 9
Juneberry : a cosmopolitan blue berry 11
Beach plum : a tasty fruit not just for the beach 21
Alpine and musk strawberries : diminutive delectables 30
Pawpaw: banana of the north 41
Raisin tree : candied fruit for the picking 53
Lingonberry : dainty looks, sturdy disposition, and tasty berries 57
Actinidia : emeralds in the rough 68
Mulberry : a summer fruit-of-many-colors 87
Kaki and American persimmons : fruits of the gods 97
Elaeagnus : gumi, autumn olive, and Russian olive 114
Gooseberry : fruit with a checkered past 121
Maypop : a passionflower for the north 137
Che : chewy dollps of maroon sweetness 145
Black currant : fruit from fragrant bushes 151
Nanking cherry : cherries on a bush 162
Cornelian cherry : from the shores of ancient Greece 169
Currants, red and white : sprightly, translucent jewels 178
Asian pear : the crunch pear 187
Jostaberry : the gooseberry and black currant hybrid 197
Lowbush blueberry : more American than apple pie 201
Jujube : the Chinese date 211
Shipova : a sweetie with a blush 219
Medlar : lost in the Middle Ages 225
Epilogue 233
App. 1 Nomenclature 235
App. 2 Pollination 237
App. 3 Siting and planting 239
App. 4 Pruning 246
App. 5 Propagation 252
App. 6 Mail-order sources for plants or seeds 261
Index 273
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