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"This little gem is the finest single source of fruit growing information published to date...very comprehensive..."--Pomona, newsletter of the North American Fruit Explorers



"What we like most about this book is it isn't intimidating...she gently and convincingly enables us to realize that, yes, we can grow fruit successfully."--HortIdeas

About the Author

Stella Otto got her first taste for fruit growing during annual family outings to the U-pick orchards of western Massachusetts. Following receipt of a B.S. in horticulture from Michigan State University, she worked at one of largest tree fruit nurseries in the U.S and a major tart cherry orchard near Traverse City, MI, before she and her husband eventually started their own diversified fruit farm in northern Michigan. Stella has authored two books, the award-winning The Backyard Orchardist, and The Backyard Berry Book. She has written freelance articles for numerous magazines, appeared on the Discovery Channel, and been interviewed on NPR and other gardening radio programs. Stella presently cultivates a fruitful family garden and enjoys her horses on a 10-acre homestead in northern Michigan. She can also be found cultivating fruit gardening information on her blog The Backyard Fruit Gardener at www.stellaotto.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Ottographics; Rev Sub edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963452037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963452030
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Backyard Orchardist by Stella Otto is filled with fruit growing information that is very easy for the hobbyist to implement. Equally important, the information is well organized and is exceptionally easy to find.
Strengths:
*The information is comprehensive.
*The information is very specific. Example: The tables inform you as to which pesticides are most suitable for a given pest (cross referenced to a table of illustrations) and when to spray for them.
*The information is both usable and generic. For example: The advice on fertilizing recommends that the grower adjust the amount of fertilizer to match a target annual growth rate (length of shoot extension). That technique compensates for differences in soil type, rootstock, cultivar, etc. Basically, it teaches the grower how to pay attention to their trees.
Weaknesses:
*Illustrations are more functional than artistic. Not always a drawback.
*The very specific nature of the advice limits it. The book was published in 1995. The regulation status (and availability) of pesticides can change from year-to-year. New disease-resistant cultivars are released annually.
*Lists of fruit cultivars will seem a little sketchy to the rabid fruit growing enthusiast.
Summary:
*Buy this book if you live in the area bounded by Maine, Montana, Colorado, and North Carolina and you can only afford one book on growing tree-fruits.
*Do not buy this book if you want a "coffee-table book."
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From the reviews I had expected much more from this book. I regret spending to money to buy it. Last spring I put in a small orchard and found the book to be a bit short on specifics. It contained the type of information I had already gotten from my nursery about pollinators, root stocks, chill times, etc. though the book only covers a few very common varieties. I found the pruning section to be too much of an overview. I was able to find the much more comprehensive information I needed (not only on pruning, but on pest management, fertilization, irrigation, etc.) from various state agricultural extension services--on line.
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If you have found it difficult to move beyond dreaming about a backyard orchard, this book is such a powerhouse of information that you will confidently plant a pair of fruit trees knowing that they will not drown, succumb to drought or disease, and not be defoliated by Japanese beetles. You'll even know how to prune them so that the branches grow outward rather than straight up, thus allowing in the sunlight needed to ripen your fruit.

Consider the chapters below, which the author has divided into 6 sections:

Section 1: Getting started with fruit trees, includes chapters on fitting them into your landscape, selecting the right site by paying attention to climate, average minimum temperatures and hardiness, length of growing season, soil, moisture, sunlight, and space required. Did you know that cherry trees cannot have wet roots for longer than 24 hours or they will release cyanide and kill themselves? So cherry trees should be planted on a slope or hill with good drainage.

Section 2: Fruit fundamental - growth habits of specific fruit trees includes chapters on Pome fruit (apples and pears) and Stone fruit (sweet & tart cherries, apricots, plums, aprium, pluots, peaches and nectarines).

Section 3: Caring for your fruit trees includes chapters on nutrition and fertilizers, pruning, growing fruit trees in containers (so you can bring in, say, a fig tree inside for the winter), and flowering, fruiting, and thinning (many fruit trees will produce too many fruits and either their branches will break or the fruit will be very small, so you must thin the fruit on them).

Section 4: Pests and Disease has chapters on insect pests, disease identification, insect and disease controls, and wildlife pests.
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This book walks you through step by step how to start your own orchard: from planning the orchard, testing the soil, to selecting the trees for your climate.
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This book is a great place to get started, and to finish if you live in USDA climate zones 8, 7, 6, ..., 1. But those of us who live in "low chill" winters, and low-heat summers: southern california, mid-to-southern florida, coastal climates with marine layers -- you need to digest this book and read further about what works in your area.
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The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden
I am SHOCKED at the prior excellent-"recommend" reviews; Either they know the author or are easily impressed by cartoon-ish illustrations and dated material (looks as if the author "outsourced" the artistry to a local elementary school). One can almost forgive the dated material as you can't possibly revise at the same rate new cultivars come out. In fact the books well thought out organization can have one forgiving some shortcomings in specifics. That said; the combination of poor/amateurish line illustrations and lack of certain disease/species/cultivar specifics has this book falling FAR Short of recommending for either the intermediate gardener or novice,(you can't both illustrate poorly and at the same time lack certain specifics in the text)...for those who know absolutely nothing of fruit trees or gardening, then for under $15, its a "OK", otherwise if you are looking for a ongoing reference; look elsewhere
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