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    DescriptionMany people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something virtually anyone with space and passionate desire can do - given wise guidance and a personal commitment to observe the teachings of the trees. A holistic grower knows that producing fruit is not about manipulating nature but more importantly, fostering nature. Orcharding then becomes a fascinating adventure sure to provide your family with all sorts of mouth-watering fruit. The Holistic Orchard demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, as well as orchard design, soil biology, and organic health management. Detailed insights on grafting, planting, pruning, and choosing the right varieties for your climate are also included, along with a step-by-step instructional calendar to guide growers through the entire orchard year. The extensive profiles of pome fruits (apples, pears, asian pears, quinces), stone fruits (cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums), and berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, and elderberries) will quickly have you savoring the prospects. Phillips completely changed the conversation about healthy orcharding with his first bestselling book, The Apple Grower, and now he takes that dialogue even further, drawing connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes and other insectary plants; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; and the newest research on safe, homegrown solutions to pest and disease challenges. All along the way, Phillips' expertise and enthusiasm for healthy growing shines through, as does his ability to put the usual horticultural facts into an integrated ecology perspective. This book will inspire beginners as well as provide deeper answers for experienced fruit growers looking for scientific organic approaches. Exciting times lie ahead for those who now have every reason in the world to confidently plant that very first fruit tree!


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    Title
    The Holistic Orchard
    Subtitle
    Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Phillips
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 198 mm
    Height: 251 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 1,157 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781933392134
    ISBN 10: 1933392134
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: GAR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T11.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: WMPS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24270
    BIC subject category V2: WMPF
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 06
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 380
    BISAC V2.8: GAR005000
    Ingram Subject Code: GI
    Libri: I-GI
    B&T Approval Code: A71525600
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: WMQF
    BISAC V2.8: GAR016000
    DC22: 634
    Abridged Dewey: 634
    B&T Approval Code: A71500000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: SB357.24 .P47 2011
    DC23: 634
    Thema V1.0: WMP, WMQF
    Illustrations note
    Color Photos and Illustrations Throughout
    Publisher
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Publication date
    01 March 2012
    Publication City/Country
    White River Junction
    Author Information
    Michael Phillips is a farmer, writer, researcher, consultant, and speaker who lives with his wife Nancy and daughter Grace on Heartsong Farm in Northumberland, New Hampshire, where they grow apples and a variety of medicinal herbs. Michael and Nancy are also the co-authors of The Herbalistis Way.
    Review quote
    Booklist-With the rising popularity of farmers markets and ever-increasing availability of organic foods in mainstream grocery stores, more and more gardeners are catching the urge to go pesticide-free. For fruit lovers wanting to tend an orchard on a small scale, Phillips, author of the gardening best-seller The Apple Grower (2005), offers a wealth of tips and tricks here on growing berries and tree fruits without resorting to toxic sprays. Eight information-packed chapters cover such basics as orchard design, seeding and growing schedules, and soil varieties, all using natural methods of cooperating with nature to resist attacks by garden pests and plant diseases. Phillips also provides an exhaustive directory of fruit varieties, from pome fruits, such as apples and pears, to stone fruits, such as cherries and nectarines. Although the guide is aimed primarily at home growers with a little yard space and a yen for organic produce, professional orchard managers can certainly benefit and will hopefully be prompted to shy away from pesticides as well."