We have an interesting selection of books that will help your garden or fruit orchard be successful. Some of the books we offer are on a range of specific topics such as nut trees or edible native plants. We also use them as reference guides and have found them to be very helpful. If ordered separately, the books are sent by USPS media mail (book rate). There is an additional shipping cost per book whether sent with trees or by themselves. If you order books only be sure to select the "books only" shipping option. The cost on the website shows $0.00 but the correct shipping charge will be added by the time your order is completely filled out.
"Wine lovers who dream of planting vines at home, whether they have room for one acre or a single row, will find valuable advice." -Wine Spectator
Interest in wine shows no signs of slowing down; wine tours, tastings, and vacations are now common and homeowners often have space dedicated to their collection. The logical next step? Learning to grow and make your own.
In The Organic Backyard Vineyard, expert Tom Powers walks the small grower through the entire process of growing grapes, with a month-by-month maintenance guide covering all regions of the U.S. and Canada. He explains everything a beginning grape grower needs to know: how to design and build a vineyard, how to select grapes for each region, how to maximize yield using organic maintenance techniques, how to build a trellis, how to harvest at peak flavor, and how to store grapes for wine making.
Written by Martin Crawford. This large format book of 256 pages with 180 color photos is packed with great, hard to find information on useful trees. Written by an Englishman, this perspective is especially appropriate for growers in the Maritime climate, though most is applicable throughout the United States. Highly recommended, Trees For Gardens, Orchards and Permaculture is an amazing compendium of research. $4.00 shipping charge.
Conventional wisdom says to garden from the bottom up, turning over the soil every spring until your back aches. Ironically, this does such a good job aerating that gardeners spend the rest of the season pulling weeds and replacing the suddenly energized (and easily used up) nutrients. Mother nature, on the other hand, gardens from the top down-layering undisturbed soil with leaves and other organic materials. In following this example and synthesizing the work of other perceptive gardeners, Lee Reich presents a compelling new system called weedless gardening.
The Weedless Garden is good for plants and it's good for people. It protects the soil, contributes to plant health, reduces water needs, cuts down on a gardener's labor, encourages earthworms and, of course, mitigates weed problems by keeping the seeds dormant. Four basic tenets form the system's backbone-minimize soil disruption; protect soil surface; avoid soil compaction; use drip irrigation-and the way to get there is simple. For a new bed or established garden, layering is key, and the perfect material to use is also among the most common-newspaper. Add organic mulch and compost on top, and plants are growing in rich, self-generating humus. From vegetable gardening to flower gardens to planting trees, shrubs, and vines, The Weedless Garden works everywhere-allowing the gardener to work quite a bit less.
This guide is a must-have for any food gardener looking to grow scrumptious and problem-free fruit!
What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden? offers a path toward a healthy garden packed with fresh fruit. In addition to learning how to diagnose a plant problem through clear visual keys, you will also learn the most effective organic solutions for every problem. Detailed plant portraits include information on growth, season, planting techniques, and temperature, light, and soil requirements. The 37 plants profiles cover everything from almonds to watermelons.
Become a Plant Doctor—No Ph.D. Required!
What's Wrong With My Plant? provides an easy system for visually diagnosing any garden plant problem and matching it to the right cure. By offering organic solutions for over 400 plant maladies, this book is the go-to source whenever your plants are a little under the weather. This innovative and easy-to-use guide presents easy-to-follow, illustrated flow charts to accurately diagnose the problem. It also includers 100% organic solutions and photographs and drawings of stressed, damaged, and diseased plants to help with accurate comparison.
Great information for organic growers on tree and shrub planting, propagation, culture and ecology. Trees of Power has especially useful chapters on chestnut, mulberry, elderberry, hickory, apple and hazelnut. 274 pages, color photos. $4.00 shipping charge
Practical techniques for improved plant performance!
Grafting is a long-established skill that is used to improve the performance of ornamental and productive plants. Fruit trees are grafted to control their size, willows to produce attractive weeping forms, and tomatoes and melons to enhance their disease resistance. Peter MacDonald describes the latest grafting techniques for students, professionals and enthusiastic amateurs, including information on the reasons for grafting, clear instructions on the formation of the graft union, bench grafting techniques, field grafting, vegetable grafting, and cactus grafting. An A-to-Z appendix of plants features detailed information on what type of graft should be used, when it should be done, what type of root stock needs to be used, and what environment it needs to be kept in.