The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic Viticulture (Google eBook)

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Dec 1, 2002 - Gardening - 304 pages
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Grapes are the most popular and widely grown fruit in the world. From the tropics to Alaska, grapes will grow successfully in almost every climate. Whether you raise them for fresh eating, or for making wine, juice, or jellies and preserves, the right grapes will reward you with abundant crops for a modest investment of time and effort.

Now for the first time comes a book for grape growers who wish to use organic growing methods to raise healthy, thriving vineyards in the backyard or on a small commercial scale. The Grape Grower distills the broad knowledge and long-time personal experience of Lon Rombough, one of North America's foremost authorities on viticulture.

From finding and preparing the right site for your vineyard to training, trellising, and pruning vines to growing new grapes from seeds and cuttings, The Grape Grower offers thorough and accessible information on all the basics. The chapters on grape species, varieties, and hybrids are alone worth the price of a college course in viticulture. Technical information on the major (and minor) insect pests and diseases that affect grapes, as well as their organic controls, makes this book an invaluable reference that readers will turn to again and again.

Rombaugh also provides a wealth of information on hardy but little-known grapes that are native to North America, and on a wide range of topics, including:

  • pruning neglected or overgrown vines
  • growing grapes on arbors and in greenhouses
  • controlling animal pests in the vineyard
  • bunch grapes and muscadine grapes for the South
  • winter protection, and how to increase the hardiness of grapes
  • creating your own new varieties
  

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Review: The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic Viticulture

User Review  - Matthew Philips - Goodreads

A great reference/textbook overall. I found it to be structured in a way that the author assumes you will purely reference a section or two rather than reading cover to cover and as a result covers ... Read full review

Review: The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic Viticulture

User Review  - Clay - Goodreads

Tons of useful information on training and propagating vines,and on common pests and management. A bit weak on discussion of various climates and soils. Read full review

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Contents

Structure of the Vine
1
Getting Started Site Soil and Planting
8
Pruning and Training
29
Growing Grapes Organically
54
Diseases of Grapes
90
Insects of Grapes
110
Animal and Bird Pests
132
Propagation
141
Varieties
174
Grape Species
213
Grapes in Cold Climates and the Tropics
227
Breeding Grapes
238
Glossary of Viticultural Terms
263
Resources
272
Index
283
Copyright

Rootstocks
169

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About the author (2002)

Lon Rombough is a well-known garden writer, nurseryman, and fruit grower. He has more than thirty-five years experience growing grapes and maintains hundreds of varieties in his small vineyard. A prominent member of North American Fruit Explorers, or NAFEX, he lives in western Oregon. You can visit Lon's website at Bunchgrapes.com.

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