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Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden Paperback – August 7, 2008
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What is missing are: listings of particular cultivars that do well in certain regions of the country, certain microclimates, etc. Further, little attention is paid to climate in general with the exception of a few references to USDA zones.
Still, I recommend this book to you with the caution: find out (from a grower or a high-quality nursery in your area) which cultivars are known to work in your area. Consider a line drawn from Monterey CA to Jacksonville FL. For those living above this line, the only real concern is which varieties taste better. For those living below this line, you have the additional question of which varieties will bear fruit and actually survive.
To address that problem, i got this book. It contains a subset of the fruits listed in the other book, ignoring the more common plants and instead focusing on the ones for which a gardener might be hard-pressed to find reliable information. (For example: even the edible plants expert at my local nursery had no idea juneberries were edible.)
Each chapter focuses on a specific plant, and provides a thorough overview. Everything from the history to the plant, its growing habits, cultivation techniques, soil and sun preferences, and so on are listed. For the more baffling fruits (pawpaw, medlar, etc) there are even tips on how to get to the edible parts of the fruit. A center section has 50-odd color pictures of the plants and the fruits.
What keeps the book from being perfect is that Mr. Reich has way too much information in some places, and way too little in others. In several of the chapters, there's a protracted discussion of how breeders might want to try to modify the plant to get better, hardier, or tastier fruits. I doubt many backyard gardeners have the sort of time, energy, space, money, and resources to engage in a selective breeding program. Likewise, i doubt anyone planning to engage in a selective breeding program needs a book as general as this. In other chapters, Mr. Reich wastes hundreds of words saying what a few sketches could have shown.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is so cool. I can't even say it enough. Every new chapter I found myself exclaming "Oooh! I want to grow that!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah Lou Plonski
Good book to help add to your collection of fruits and descriptive. Not a whole lot of trees talked about though.Published 10 months ago by Dave W.
In order for me to want a book in my library, it has to be a better reference than the web; and, for me, this book has proved its worth. Read morePublished 10 months ago by K. Lincourt
An excellent summary of a sampling of fruit that can be produced for a modern market on a commercial basis and for a home grown product for personal consumption. Read morePublished 13 months ago by stewart a jackson