The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden

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OttoGraphics, 1993 - Fruit - 248 pages
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For every gardener desiring to add apples, pears, cherries, and other tree fruit to their landscape here are hints and solid information from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower. "The Backyard Orchardist" includes help on selecting the best fruit trees and information about each stage of growth and development, along with tips on harvest and storage of the fruit. Those with limited space will learn about growing dwarf fruit trees in containers.Appendices include a fruit-growers monthly calendar, a trouble-shooting guide for reviving ailing trees, and a resource list of nurseries selling fruit trees.

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User Review  - dasparky - LibraryThing

Having grown up around orchards, I thought I knew a fair bit about the subject. This book blew me away. Fantastic information, written in an approachable, easy-to-digest style. If you want to grow fruit trees, do yourself a favor and get this book first. Read full review

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User Review  - wesh - LibraryThing

Solid information about the provenance, care, and harvesting of fruit from backyard trees. Includes information about all major types of fruit trees (apples, pears, plums, peaches &c). A handy way to ... Read full review


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Stella Otto got her first taste for fruit growing during annual family outings to the U-pick orchards of western Massachusetts. Following receipt of a B.S. in horticulture from Michigan State University, she worked at one of largest tree fruit nurseries in the U.S and a major tart cherry orchard near Traverse City, MI, before she and her husband eventually started their own diversified fruit farm in northern Michigan. Stella has authored two books, the award-winning The Backyard Orchardist, and The Backyard Berry Book. She has written freelance articles for numerous magazines, appeared on the Discovery Channel, and been interviewed on NPR and other gardening radio programs. Stella presently cultivates a fruitful family garden and enjoys her horses on a 10-acre homestead in northern Michigan. She can also be found cultivating fruit gardening information on her blog The Backyard Fruit Gardener at

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