Item description for The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardisst by Michael Phillips...
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. Since The Apple Grower first 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 made The Apple Grower a 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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.88" Width: 7.98" Height: 0.71" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2005
Publisher Chelsea Green
Edition Revised, Expand
ISBN 1931498911 ISBN13 9781931498913
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael Phillips
MICHAEL PHILLIPS is a bestselling author with more than seventy of his own titles. In addition to his own work, Phillips has helped reawaken interest in Victorian novelist George MacDonald over the past thirty years. Michael and his wife alternate their time between Scotland and their home in California. JUDITH PELLA is a bestselling, award-winning author whose in-depth research combines with her skillful storytelling to provide readers with dramatic, thought-provoking novels. She and her husband make their home in Oregon.
Michael Phillips currently resides in Eureka, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Apple Grower: Guide for the Organic Orchardist?
Comprehensive book on Growing Organic Fruit Jul 20, 2008
This is the most comprehensive book I have been able to find on Organic growing of fruit. Get the revised version, it is worth the money. I am in charge of a large community Garden's orchard and this book is a must have for what I do. I have applied the infromation over one season I found in this book and this will be the first year we will have a successful crop. John Cremati
Fascinating Book Jul 9, 2008
I'm about halfway done reading it. It definitely has covered more than I knew I needed to know about apple growing! All the terms used in it are also defined, so that people (like me) who are new to orcharding can understand what is being described.
Fabulous Resource! Jan 26, 2008
I LOVE this book.
I'm particularly impressed with the density of information: too many hobby farm/small farm books take a once-over-lightly approach, but this one is deep on detail. I also appreciate the discussion of seedling trees: typically I've seen them ignored or dismissed as irrelevant. The discussion of root stock is a help too; before this I've seen it only discussed in terms of it's limiting factor on size, but this also introduces issues of hardiness and climate appropriateness. The book is incredibly thorough while reminding the reader that there are no "cook books" to growing organic orchards, it's still an art and science that is being developed.
I spent the first few years of my life on an old-fashioned orchard and have never recovered. Now, after 30 big-city, corporate years the world is circling back to the kind of orchard I've always longed to have, and this book is filled with invaluable information on how to proceed. Next year I'm headed back to the country, this book in hand, to make a home and create a backyard cider orchard. I know it's hard work and the best of it may happen after I'm gone, but this book gives me the courage to begin and information to guide me as I figure it out.
I hope within 5 - 10 years I'll be toasting the author with my own apple cider!
Chock full of Great Information Jul 15, 2007
This is a great book. Indispensible for anyone attempting to grow organic apples. The one drawback is the book is somewhat disorganized and some information is hard to decipher. In any case, I constantly refer to this book in my organic orcharding. A must have for Organic Orcharding!
Love it! Jul 12, 2007
I have only read the first few chapters, (and have browsed ahead), but so far it's great! They really go into detail about how apple trees grow. It reads a little like a textbook, but not too dry. We have 9 apple trees in Mid-Missouri and are hoping to expand and improve in the future. I think this book will be a big help. If you just have a couple trees in your yard and just want to know how to prevent disease, repel bugs, or what fertilizer to use, this book may be a little more in-depth than what you're looking for. No doubt you would find useful information here, but it may be a little more detail than you needed.