What's Wrong With My Fruit Garden?: 100% Organic Solutions for Berries, Trees, Nuts, Vines, and Tropicals

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It?s the question most commonly heard in every garden: what?s wrong with my?? And with the bestselling What?s Wrong With My Plant? and What?s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?, we?ve answered it for flower borders, perennial gardens, and vegetable beds. What?s next? One of the most challenging parts of the garden?the delicious yet disease-prone fruit garden.

What?s Wrong With My Fruit Garden? offers a path toward a healthy garden packed with ...

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Overview

It’s the question most commonly heard in every garden: what’s wrong with my…? And with the bestselling What’s Wrong With My Plant? and What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?, we’ve answered it for flower borders, perennial gardens, and vegetable beds. What’s next? One of the most challenging parts of the garden—the delicious yet disease-prone fruit garden.

What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden? offers a path toward a healthy garden packed with fresh fruit. In addition to learning how to diagnose a plant problem through clear visual keys, you will also learn the most effective organic solutions for every problem. Detailed plant portraits include information on growth; seasonality; temperature, light, and soil requirements; and planting techniques. The 37 plants include everything from almonds to watermelons.

This book is a must-have guide for any food gardener looking to grow scrumptious and problem-free fruit!

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Editorial Reviews

Sunset Magazine - Doreen Howard

"This is an invaluable guide."

Booklist

"What's Wrong With My Fruit Garden? offers help for all kinds of fruit crises. What impressed us most is that the authors take an entirely organic approach."

American Gardener

“Beyond comprehensive yet straight forward information about basic cultural techniques regarding planting, pollination, and propagation, Deardorff and Wadsworth offer photographic snapshots that help growers recognize common problems, from environmental disorders to water-related mismanagement… Both hobby and professional fruit growers may find this an essential resource.”

Publishers Weekly
11/18/2013
This volume, the third of the authors’ What Is Wrong With… series, is the inevitable culmination of the quest for an all-inclusive harvest on the organic farm. Fruit develops in multiple stages: sprouting, blooming, shedding, regenerating, growing, ripening, and being ready to drop. At any one point environmental factors could interfere with healthy growth. Deardorff and Wadsworth arm the gardener with needed strategies that lessen the risk of failure and encourage robust growth. Growing apricots, for example, is a good all-around choice because the trees are hardy, drought-tolerant, fruit-producing, and ornamental, with showy foliage and flowers. Apricots provide the complex structure that creates a habitat for “pollinators, predators, and parasitoids, all beneficial organisms that contribute to your success in growing organic fruit.” This is an invaluable guide for the fruit farmer, whose patience, diligence, and vigilance in ever-changing ecosystems will bear tender and tasty fruit. (Dec. 11)
Sunset Magazine
"What's Wrong With My Fruit Garden? offers help for all kinds of fruit crises. What impressed us most is that the authors take an entirely organic approach."
Booklist - Carol Haggas
“Beyond comprehensive yet straight forward information about basic cultural techniques regarding planting, pollination, and propagation, Deardorff and Wadsworth offer photographic snapshots that help growers recognize common problems, from environmental disorders to water-related mismanagement… Both hobby and professional fruit growers may find this an essential resource.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604694888
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathryn Wadsworth, writer, photographer, and naturalist, enjoys sharing the wonders of the natural world with others. While leading eco-tours around the world she has studied plant life and explored natural history from Australia to Alaska. Currently, she and co-author David Deardorff can be found presenting workshops around the U.S. on a wide variety of topics, from gardening to ecology.

In graduate school Kathryn studied film-making and communications at the University of New Mexico, where she made documentary films on a wide variety of topics ranging from the California Gray Whale to the impact of mining on the Navajo Nation. She has owned and operated a film production company, an orchid nursery, and a tissue culture laboratory. With her partner and co-author David Deardorff, she has lived and gardened in many environments, from the desert southwest to the maritime northwest to the tropics.

You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, www.DDandKW.com.

David Deardorff, botanist and expert plant pathologist, loves to write and lecture about how to grow healthier plants. As a research biologist David has lived and gardened in many environments, from the desert southwest to the maritime northwest to the tropics. Currently, he and co-author Kathryn Wadsworth can be found presenting workshops around the U.S. on a wide variety of topics, from ecology to gardening.

David earned his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Washington. He coordinated plant pathology research at the University of Hawaii and served as faculty advisor to the Master Gardener Program at Washington State University. He also co-founded Plants of the Southwest in Santa Fe, one of the first native plant nurseries in the country. He has served as Research Director at Island Biotropix, an orchid nursery and tissue culture laboratory which he co-owned with partner and co-author Kathryn Wadsworth.

You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, www.DDandKW.com.

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