Pick a Bushel From Your Yard

These titles, from our digital collections, can help you could pick a bushel or more from the fruit trees in your backyard.

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Backyard Farming: Fruit Trees, Berries & Nuts shows you how to add an abundant orchard to your homestead so you can effectively expand your harvest. Covering every topic from preparing the soil for planting, to trimming and pruning the growing trees and bushes, to winterizing your orchard and enjoying your bounty, Fruit Trees, Berries & Nuts takes the guesswork out of growing and lets you enjoy the rewards of backyard farming.

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This early work is a fascinating read for any gardening enthusiast or historian, but contains much information that is still useful and practical today. It is a thoroughly recommended title for the amateur or professional arborist's shelf. Contents Include: Trial and Error, Pears, Pests and Diseases of the Pear, Medlars and Quinces, Almonds, The Apricot, The Cherry, Pests and Diseases of Cherries, The Peach and Nectarine, Pests and Diseases of the Peach and Nectarine, Plums and Damsons, Pests and Diseases of the Plum, Laying Out a Field to Fruit Trees, The Fertility Rules in Fruit Planting, The Spraying of Fruit Trees, Bees in the Garden, Some Useful Tools, and a list of some Useful Books on Fruit Growing.

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Grow your own apples, figs, plums, cherries, pears, apricots, and peaches in even the smallest backyard! Ann Ralph shows you how to cultivate small yet abundant fruit trees using a variety of specialized pruning techniques. With dozens of simple and effective strategies for keeping an ordinary fruit tree from growing too large, you'll keep your gardening duties manageable while at the same time reaping a bountiful harvest. These little fruit trees are easy to maintain and make a lovely addition to any home landscape.

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Crisp apples, tart lemons, lush figs, tender peaches-imagine the bounty of a late-summer farmer's market, right in your backyard! Learning how to plant and care for fruit trees is a desirable, accessible activity for a wide range of people. It's a natural extension of many gardeners' repertoires, and the investment yields generations of results. Growing your own fruit ensures a fresh, delicious, abundant harvest for your family and friends for years to come. Fruit trees diversify a region's agricultural landscape and ecosystems, attracting pollinating bees, songbirds, and other desirable visitors. And cultivating orchards on your own decreases your reliance on grocery store distribution channels and boosts sustainability. Inside The Home Orchard Handbook, you'll find: -Strategies for choosing your orchard's site, taking into consideration soil quality, sun exposure, microclimates, drainage, and more -Information on plant selection, including what types of fruit trees do well in certain areas and how to decipher critical concepts such as "chill hours," "cultivars," "bareroot," and "cross-pollination" -Guidance on aftercare, including in-depth watering, composting, and preventative care schedules to keep your backyard orchard fruitful for years -Advice on troubleshooting diseases, conditions, and non-beneficial insects using only humane, organic remedies -General tips on jamming, dehydrating, storing, and otherwise making the most of your orchard's harvest with delicious recipes from chefs Tal Ronnen and Diana Stobo Start growing your own fruit trees wherever you are with The Home Orchard Handbook!

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