Grow Fruit, 1st Edition

  • Alan Buckingham
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  • ISBN-10: 0756663296
  • ISBN-13: 9780756663292
  • DDC: 634
  • Grade Level Range: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released November 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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Few things are better for our health than regular, plentiful portions of fresh fruit. And few things taste more delicious than fruit picked straight from the tree or bush and eaten when perfectly ripe, perhaps still warm from the sun. This is fruit the way nature intended, not fruit that has been flown in from hundreds or thousands of miles away or stored in climate-controlled warehouses before being sealed in plastic for supermarket shelves. What could be fresher, tastier, more local, and more seasonal than fruit you've grown yourself, in your own garden or allotment, picked at just the moment when it's at its most perfect? This book shows just how easy it is to grow your own fruit. You don't need a huge garden or a dedicated orchard. It's possible to get a perfectly good harvest from plants grown in containers on balconies or patios and from even the smallest of town gardens. Pick the right varieties for the conditions you've got, invest in a bit of planning and preparation, follow the instructions contained in these pages, and you can be harvesting and eating your own strawberries, plums, pears, apricots, blackberries, redcurrants, melons, and figs.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Why Grow Your Own?.
1: The Fruit Gardener.
2: What Fruit Can I Grow?.
3: Growing Fruit in Small Yards.
4: Traditional Kitchen Gardens.
5: Large Gardens and Orchards.
6: The Fruit Grower’s Year.
7: Tree Fruit.
8: Growing Tree Fruit.
9: Pruning and Training Fruit Trees.
10: Apples.
11: Pears.
12: Plums.
13: Cherries.
14: Apricots.
15: Peaches and Nectarines.
16: Quinces.
17: Mulberries.
18: Medlars.
19: Figs.
20: Soft Fruit.
21: Growing Soft Fruit.
22: Strawberries.
23: Raspberries.
24: Blackberries and Hybrid Bramble Fruits.
25: Gooseberries.
26: Red Currants and White Currants.
27: Black Currants.
28: Blueberries.
29: Cranberries and Lingonberries.
30: Must-Try Unusual Berries.
31: Grape Vines.
32: Growing Grapes Outdoors.
33: Growing Grapes Under Cover.
34: Pruning and Training Grapes.
35: Tender and Unusual Fruit.
36: Citrus Fruits.
37: Melons.
38: Kiwifruit.
39: Cape Gooseberries.
40: Other Tender and Unusual Fruit.
41: Fruit Doctor.
42: What’s Wrong?.
43: Healthy Soil.
44: Common Nutrient Deficiencies.
45: Diseases and Disorders.
46: Pests and Parasites.
Fruit Nurseries and Suppliers.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Alan Buckingham

Alan Buckingham has been taking photographs since the day his parents bought him his first Kodak Brownie. He also has over twenty years' experience in illustrated publishing, both as an editor and as an author, and has worked on countless information books, interactive CD-ROMs, and websites for children. In the course of his career in publishing, he has worked with some of the great names in photography - John Hedgecoe, Michael Langford, Heather Angel, and more. In the 1990s he was a pioneer in the early days of digital imaging, multimedia, and the internet. Now a freelance writer, he is the author of Dorling Kindersley's "Eyewitness Photography" and "Digital Photo Magic."