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Fruit Gardener's Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden

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Every time there is a recession, there is a renewed interest in food gardening.  What may start out as an activity to save some money on the food bill often turns into much more.  The reasons for growing your own fruits and berries that Lewis mentioned in his original first edition of this book---Fruits and Berries for the Home Gardener---are still applicable.  The safety of what we eat, knowing what chemicals have been applied (if any), and the increased flavor and nutrition of fresh fruits from the garden are still good reasons why people turn to growing their own fruit.  What wasn't such an issue in the previous editions of this book is a concern about global warming and our "carbon footprint" -- how much fuel is spent transporting those fruits from all over the country and from around the globe.

Because many people have less time to garden, they often need to quickly locate the information they need.  The layout of this book has been revised with this in mind.  More information has been added for beginners, to encourage more people to enjoy the benefits of growing their own food.

This edition also addresses some of the changes in gardening practices.  There have been advances in sustainable practices, notably biological pest and disease controls.  Deer have become a major problem in many parts of the country.  Incorporating fruits and nuts into ornamental landscapes, for both their aesthetics and food functions (for people and wildlife), is gaining in interest.  There are many new varieties, and some gardeners are becoming interested in new fruit crops.  Each of these topics is thoroughly covered in this new edition.

Contents:  Part 1. Getting Started with Fruits and Nuts: Fruits & nuts in the home garden, What to grow & where, Seasonal care of fruits & nuts, Part 2. The Small Fruits - Berries, Bushes, and Brambles: Strawberries, Raspberries & blackberries, Blueberries, Ribes, elderberries & other bush fruit, Grapes for every region, Part 3. Tree Fruits & Nuts: Apples & crab apples, Pears, Peaches, nectarines & apricots, Plums for every region, Cherries, sweet & sour, Nuts, Part 4. Growing Healthy Fruits, Nuts & Berries: Improving your soil, Getting plants off to a good start, Pruning - not just for trees, Diseases, insects & other fruit problems, Wildlife friends & foes, Glossary, USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, Resources.

Lewis Hill and Leonard Perry, 2011, 319 p, beautiful colored pictures throughout, 8.5x11, soft.  $24.95


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