The Berry Grower's Companion

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Timber Press, 2000 - Gardening - 284 pages
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Bowling uses her twenty years of personal experience and professional expertise to illuminate the art and science of growing strawberries, brambles (including raspberries and blackberries), blueberries, grapes, and a host of minor small fruits such as kiwi, currants, and gooseberries.
A chapter is devoted to each of the main berry types and includes cultural requirements, botanical traits, the history of the plant in cultivation and in commerce, appropriate cultivars for each region of the United States, and pest and disease considerations. Because berry fruits are all too often ignored for their aesthetic and practical benefits, Bowling includes a chapter on their contributions to the garden landscape.
Full of good humor and infectious enthusiasm, Bowling discusses practical considerations (What soils do the plants require? Which cultivars are best for a given site?) as well as philosophical concerns (What can we learn by growing food crops? What approach should we take with regard to pesticide use?).

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User Review  - Lise Petrauskas - Goodreads

Fantastic reference. All the techniques I've tried, especially her pruning techniques, which often seem counter-intuitive, have increased productivity and, most importantly, my enjoyment of harvest season. Read full review

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User Review  - Bebe - Goodreads

Wonderful "how to" book as well as ancient history of various berries, including the journey of the grape in the US and European wine-making industry. I was able to use this book to craft a history lesson for my son regarding the California Gold Rush, Prohibition, and World War I. Read full review


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Barbara Bowling names small fruits as one of her greatest passions. She has worked as a professor of horticulture since 1984, having started her career as an assistant professor of pomology at Rutgers University. She has served as the associate editor of "HortScience", editor of the "North American Bramble Growers Association Newsletter", and chairperson of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences' Viticulture and Small Fruit Working Group. Barbara is a member of the American Pomological Society, the North American Strawberry Growers Association, the North American Bramble Growers and the American Society for Horticultural Science.

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