The Apple Grower: Guide for the Organic Orchardist, 2nd Edition (Google eBook)

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Nov 30, 2005 - Gardening - 360 pages
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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.

  

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Review: The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist

User Review  - Hester - Goodreads

This is a really smart book, but it requires a lot of orchard and chemistry knowledge to get the most out of it. I am sure that it is an incredible resource for Orchardists. I stopped about halfway through the book, with a renewed desire to try pippins and esopus spitzenberg. Read full review

Review: The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist

User Review  - Anna - Goodreads

An interesting peek into the operation of an organic apple orchard. Plenty of great info for the home grower, though also some slogging through less interesting parts. Read my full review of The Apple Grower on my blog. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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 authored The Apple Grower and teamed up with Nancy to write The Herbalist's Way. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a diversified mountain farm in northern New Hampshire, and he also leads the community orchard movement at www.GrowOrganicApples.com.

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