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Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
     

Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden

by Lee Reich, Vicki Herzfeld Arlein (Illustrator)
 

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Lee Reich provides a valuable guide to uncommon fruits and berries, which add an adventurous flavor to any garden. Though names like jujube, juneberry, maypop, and shipova may seem exotic at first glance, these fruits offer ample rewards to the gardener willing to go only slightly off the beaten path at local nurseries. Reliable even in the toughest garden

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Lee Reich provides a valuable guide to uncommon fruits and berries, which add an adventurous flavor to any garden. Though names like jujube, juneberry, maypop, and shipova may seem exotic at first glance, these fruits offer ample rewards to the gardener willing to go only slightly off the beaten path at local nurseries. Reliable even in the toughest garden situations, cold-hardy, and pest- and disease-resistant, they are as enticing to the beginner as to the advanced gardener. 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.

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“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. . . . provides us with a fascinating opportunity to bridge the gap between the ordinary and the exotic, with the garden at the conjunction. . . . great addition to the gardening bookshelf.” —Bloomsbury Review

“Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden brings forth visions of tempting fruits, enticing aromas and tastes. What gardener can resist such thoughts?” —National 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.” —American Gardener
 
“I learned plenty of new things. . . . Everything a reader needs to know to choose the best cultivar and to grow these intriguing but uncommon fruits.” —Christian Science Monitor

“Serious about the ‘for every garden’ part of the title. This goes far beyond basic botanical descriptions and hints on growing and utilization: Reich provides abundant details on propagation, planting, fruit harvest and storage, as well as annotated lists of cultivars.” —HortIdeas

“If only I’d found Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden sooner!” —New Life on a Homestead
 
“Some gardening books inspire, others entertain, and some educate. Lee Reich’s Uncommon Fruits does all three and then some.” —Greenscapes
 
“There is a wealth of gardening and botanical information packed into this compact book.” —Plant Science Bulletin
 
“A superb book to read on this subject.” —Harrisburg Patriot-News

“Well-written and easy to read.” —California Garden

“Reich has an infectious, generous spirit about his field and loads of practical advice for home gardeners.” —Westchester Journal News

“Details two dozen unusual bush, tree and vine fruits.” —Avant Gardener

 
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!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881929447
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
308
Sales rank:
730,204
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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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.

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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