The BackYard Orchardist: The science of growing fruit is complex, but Otto takes the mystery out of it. Anyone can throw a few seeds into the. A backyard orchard was a key element on our “wish list” when we were shopping for a new homestead three years ago. We were thrilled when. Backyard Orchardist has ratings and 22 reviews. Amy said: When you buy your first fruit tree, do yourself and your new tree a favor and buy this book.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Apr 20, Joyce Lagow added it. Paperbackpages. Try again or cancel this request. The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. I learned a ton and refer to it regularly. However, harvesting a passel of pears from a backyard tree is a bit more challenging.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This was very helpful as I was planning my little home orchard. A good book if you are just starting to learn but not comprehensive. That answer will be my rating of this book. Among the obstacles to producing a delicious Bartlett pear from an espaliered specimen are blight and fungus, insufficient sun hours, planting the wrong variety for your region, under- and overwatering, and lots of pests, to name but a few.


Feb 08, Babs rated it orcbardist liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I found her chapter on revitalizing older trees particula I highly recommend this book for an home gardeners, who have or plan to add fruit trees to their property.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Stella Otto does an excellent job presenting the general information needed on fruit trees, growing requirements, pruning, grafting, pest control and harvesting while also providing in depth information on each type of fruit and the varieties available.

She educates us orchardists lingo, e. The Backyard Orchardist includes help on selecting the best fruit trees and information about each stage of growth and development, along with tips on harvest and storage of the fruit. Published January 1st by Ottographics first published May This article is not an endorsement, but a review.

Now that I have three planted in my backyard, I’m wishing I would have read this prior to planting; I would have dug a much bigger hole and amended my clay soil with more sandy-loam and compost. Those with limited space will learn about growing dwarf fruit trees in containers. Apr 01, Heath rated it liked it. No fee was paid by the author for this review.

The BackYard Orchardist

Unless I find another amazing book, I’ll probably buy my own copy of this one. Apr 18, Khristiey rated it liked it. I do think she could go into a little more detail at times, but it’s a good start for learning about fruit trees. Jan 06, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: This will subscribe you to all of our newsletters, announcements, and promotional content.


Jun 08, Karen rated it liked it. May 01, Bonnie Baciyard rated it really liked it. I also would have done a better job setting my trees up for production by properly pruning those first few years of growth. Rusty rated it liked it Jul 21, Stella also provides many tables regarding fruit variety and their flavor, blight and pest resistance, days from blossom to fruit, heights lrchardist on rootstock choices and everything else you might need.

Luckily, The BackYard Orchardistby Stella Otto, can help home gardeners eliminate those impediments and ensure they will reap what they sow. This is an easy-to-read book that covers all major fruit bearing trees with specific information for trees in different zones.