Introduction PART ONE: Preparation, planning and planting The site of your orchard Rootstocks Pollination, flowering and fruit development Choosing fruit trees Planning your orchard Buying and planting trees PART TWO: Fruit tree management Caring for your trees Pruning fruit trees Problems of fruit trees PART THREE: The fruits Apples Pears Plums Cherries Peaches and nectarines Apricots Other fruits PART FOUR: Traditional orchards Restoring a neglected orchard Community orchards Glossary Appendices Resources
Introduction PART ONE: Preparation, planning and planting 1 The site of your orchard 2 Rootstocks 3 Pollination, flowering and fruit development 4 Choosing fruit trees 5 Planning your orchard 6 Buying and planting trees PART TWO: Fruit tree management 7 Caring for your trees 8 Pruning fruit trees 9 Problems of fruit trees PART THREE: The fruits 10 Apples 11 Pears 12 Plums 13 Cherries 14 Peaches and nectarines 15 Apricots 16 Other fruits PART FOUR: Traditional orchards 17 Restoring a neglected orchard 18 Community orchards Glossary Appendices Resources
A clear, practical guide for both amateur and expert, explaining all you need to know to grow delicious fruit - from designing your orchard and planting your trees to harvesting.
Ben Pike is an orchard consultant and writer, and is head gardener on the Sharpham Estate in Devon, where he looks after the walled fruit and vegetable garden as well as two orchards containing 150 fruit trees. In his spare time he helps to run Orchard Link, an organisation that supports orchard owners and the preservation of old orchards. There is nothing he loves more at weekends than to run old apple presses.
A comprehensive, practical book... [to] help you choose your fruit
trees and rootstocks, situate your orchard, prune your trees and
keep them healthy. It is bursting with well-illustrated guidance,
generously given from someone who knows orchards and cares about
the wildlife that they can support.
*Sue Clifford & Angela King - Common Ground*
A really well-organised, approachable yet thorough guide to sourcing, planting and caring for fruit trees. It's a must for anyone considering anything from a couple of trees to an orchard.
*Mark Diacono - River Cottage Head Gardener*
If you’ve ever thought about turning an unproductive grassy area into an orchard and then quietly filed it away under 'wouldn't know where to start', it may be time for a rethink... a well-written specialist book like this one is a welcome addition to my bookshelf.
*The Ecologist - October 2011*
No matter how small your garden, if you want to grow fruit, this guide will help you on your way with excellent photos and clear diagrams.
*Dobies of Devon*
Whether you are planting a few trees in your garden or 50 trees in a field, you will find all you need to know to design and manage your own orchard.
*Devon Country Gardener*
At last! A book about growing fruit with an organic approach, written for British conditions and with home fruit growers rather than professionals in mind.
*Patrick Whitefield - Permaculture Magazine*
An excellent book. Full of all sorts of useful information for lovers of fruit trees, from, lovely pictures and clear illustrations. It is beautifully laid out, simple to follow and good and accurate to read.
*Dorset Cider Blog*
Brilliant work, beautifully presented.