Cold-Hardy Fruits and Nuts: 50 Easy-to-Grow Plants for the Organic Home Garden or Landscape

Cold-Hardy Fruits and Nuts: 50 Easy-to-Grow Plants for the Organic Home Garden or Landscape

Cold-Hardy Fruits and Nuts: 50 Easy-to-Grow Plants for the Organic Home Garden or Landscape

Cold-Hardy Fruits and Nuts: 50 Easy-to-Grow Plants for the Organic Home Garden or Landscape

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Overview

*Named one of the best gardening books for 2023 by Gardens Illustrated

*2023 GardenComm Media Awards Silver Laurel Medal of Achievement

The easy-to-use resource for growing healthy, resilient, low-maintenance trees, shrubs, vines, and other fruiting plants from around the world—perfect for farmers, gardeners, and landscapers at every scale.

Illustrated with more than 200 color photographs and covering 50 productive edible crops—from Arctic kiwi to jujube, medlar to heartnut—this is the go-to guide for growers interested in creating diversity in their growing spaces.

"[Levy and Serrano] go way beyond the standard fare. . . . With their help, you’ll be growing persimmons, currants and hazelnuts in no time."—Modern Farmer

Cold-Hardy Fruits and Nuts is a one-stop compendium of the most productive, edible fruit-and nut-bearing crops that push the boundaries of what can survive winters in cold-temperate growing regions. While most nurseries and guidebooks feature plants that are riddled with pest problems (such as apples and peaches), veteran growers and founders of the Hortus Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano, focus on both common and unfamiliar fruits that have few, if any, pest or disease problems and an overall higher level of resilience.

Inside Cold-Hardy Fruits and Nuts you’ll find:

  •   Taste profiles for all fifty hardy fruits and nuts, with notes on harvesting and uses
  •   Plant descriptions and natural histories
  •   Recommended cultivars, both new and classic
  •   Propagation methods for increasing plants
  •   Nut profiles including almonds, chestnuts, walnuts, and pecans
  •   Fertilization needs and soil/site requirements
  •   And much more!

 

With beautiful and instructive color photographs throughout, the book is also full of concise, clearly written botanical and cultural information based on the authors’ years of growing experience. The fifty fruits and nuts featured provide a nice balance of the familiar and the exotic: from almonds and pecans to more unexpected fruits like maypop and Himalayan chocolate berry. Cold-Hardy Fruits and Nuts gives adventurous gardeners all they need to get growing.

Both experienced and novice gardeners who are interested in creating a sustainable landscape with a greater diversity of plant life—while also providing healthy foods—will find this book an invaluable resource.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645020455
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2022
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 444,274
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano are both exhibiting visual artists and codirectors of Hortus Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in New York’s Hudson Valley. Their garden began as a source of inspiration and raw materials for their art. Over time their interest in growing a wider selection of plants expanded until the garden encompassed eleven acres and became their primary passion. Along the way they began planting a vast diversity of plants, both edible and ornamental. This grew into an extensive collection of cold-hardy cactus, magnolia trees, viburnums, and grafted fruit trees, with a focus on rare, underutilized plants. The arboretum is now a nonprofit organization and level II arboretum.


Allyson Levy and Scott Serrano are both exhibiting visual artists and codirectors of Hortus Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in New York’s Hudson Valley. Their garden began as a source of inspiration and raw materials for their art. Over time their interest in growing a wider selection of plants expanded until the garden encompassed eleven acres and became their primary passion. Along the way they began planting a vast diversity of plants, both edible and ornamental. This grew into an extensive collection of cold-hardy cactus, magnolia trees, viburnums, and grafted fruit trees, with a focus on rare, underutilized plants. The arboretum is now a nonprofit organization and level II arboretum.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

General Considerations 5

Akebia 27

Almond 33

American Chestnut 39

American Persimmon 45

Arctic Kiwi 51

Asian Pear 57

Beach Plum 63

Black Raspberry 69

Black Walnut 75

Blackberry 81

Blackcurrant 87

Boysenberry 93

Che 99

Chinese Kiwi 105

Choke-berry 111

Cornelian Cherry 117

Cranberry 123

Elderberry 129

European Quince 135

Flowering Quince 141

Goji 147

Gooseberry 153

Goumi 159

Grapes 165

Hardy Orange 171

Hazelnut 177

Heartnut 183

Highbush Blueberry 189

Himalayan Chocolate Berry 195

Honeyberry 201

Huckleberry 207

Jujube 213

Juneberry 219

Korean Stone Pine 225

Lingonberry 231

Mayapple 237

Maypop 243

Medlar 249

Mulberry 255

Nanking Cherry 261

Pawpaw 267

Pear 273

Pecan 279

Red and White Currants 285

Red Raspberry 291

Schisandra 297

Seaberry 303

Shipova 309

Spikenard 315

Wintergreen 321

Acknowledgments 327

Appendix 1 Suggested Further Reading 329

Appendix 2 Mail-Order Nurseries and Seed Catalogs 331

Notes 333

Index 353

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