The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way

Michael Phillips, Author
Michael Phillips. Chelsea Green, $39.95 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-1-933392-13-4
Reviewed on: 01/16/2012
Release date: 01/01/2012
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The author of the classic guide for small-scale fruit cultivation, The Apple Grower, returns to the orchard. Phillips, who grows apples and herbs in New Hampshire, concedes early on that growing fruit that is both attractive and delicious is more challenging than cultivating vegetables and herbs. What distinguishes this book from other organic guides is the author's ecological approach. He argues that orchard success begins with a deep understanding of soil health and forest-edge ecology. The chemistry lessons may challenge many, but he translates most of the science basics into practical routines that any gardener could use. Straightforward information on selecting trees and horticultural basics such as pruning and pest management follows. For those who intend to invest significant time and resources into growing fruit, this is a comprehensive guide to managing a healthy and bountiful orchard. Color photographs and illustrations throughout. (Jan.)
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