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.
SinceThe Apple Growerfirst 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 madeThe Apple Growera 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.
Growing apples locally -- The orchard site and its climate -- The enriching of fruit lands -- The trees and the planting -- Care of the orchard -- Apple pests and diseases -- Spraying for balance -- Reaping the harvest -- Marketing in the local economy -- The last organic frontier -- Appendix 1: Compendium of orchard tasks -- Appendix 2: Apple grower's source list -- Appendix 3: Lost nation apple recipes.
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 12th May 2009
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Edition, Revise