The Apple Grower: Guide for the Organic Orchardist

The Apple Grower: Guide for the Organic Orchardist

by Michael Phillips
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The Apple Grower: Guide for the Organic Orchardist by Michael Phillips

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931498913
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 11/30/2005
Edition description: 2nd edition, revised, enlarged and updated
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 364,531
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About 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 is the author of The Apple Grower (Chelsea Green, 2005) and The Holistic Orchard (2011), and teamed up with Nancy to write The Herbalist's Way (2005). His Lost Nation Orchard is part of the Holistic Orchard Network, and Michael also leads the community orchard movement at www.GrowOrganicApples.com

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The Apple Grower: Guide for the Organic Orchardist 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I'd bought this in paperbook instead of nook format. The charts don't adjust and are not useable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago