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The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way Contributor(s): Phillips, Michael (Author)

The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way Contributor(s): Phillips, Michael (Author)

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The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way
Contributor(s): Phillips, Michael (Author)

ISBN: 1933392134    EAN: 9781933392134
US SRP: $39.95 US  
Binding: Paperback
Copyright Date: 2011
Pub Date: January 10, 2012
Physical Info: 1.1" H x 9.9" L x 8.0" W (2.55 lbs) 432 pages

Winner of the American Horticulture Society Book Award

"Phillip's first-hand knowledge anchors this innovative and highly readable book in practical wisdom that both beginner and long-time fruit growers will find invaluable."--Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden

Many people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. As The Holistic Orchard illustrates, growing tree fruits and berries is something virtually anyone can do. A holistic grower knows that producing fruit is not about manipulating nature but more importantly, fostering nature.

The Holistic Orchard demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the orchard ecosystem, focusing on:

  • Orchard design
  • Soil biology
  • Organic health management
  • Grafting
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Choosing the right varieties for your climate

Includes a step-by-step instructional calendar to guide growers through the entire orchard year!

Fruit profiles include:

  • pome fruits (apples, pears, asian pears, quinces)
  • stone fruits (cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums)
  • berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, and elderberries)

Phillips completely changed the conversation about healthy orcharding with his first bestselling book, The Apple Grower, and now he takes that dialogue even further by exploring:

  • The connections between home orcharding and permaculture
  • The importance of native pollinators
  • Plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes and other insectary plants
  • Information on cover crops and biodiversity
  • Safe, homegrown solutions to pest and disease challenges

All along the way, Phillips' expertise and enthusiasm for healthy growing shines through, as does his ability to put the usual horticultural facts into an integrated ecology perspective. With The Holistic Orchard in your hand you have every reason in the world to confidently plant that very first--or next--fruit tree!

Review Citations:

  • Publishers Weekly 01/16/2012 (EAN 9781933392134, Paperback)
  • Foreword 12/27/2011 (EAN 9781933392134, Paperback)
  • Booklist 02/15/2012 pg. 14 (EAN 9781933392134, Paperback)
  • Choice 07/01/2012 (EAN 9781933392134, Paperback)

Contributor Bio:Phillips, Michael

Michael Phillips was a farmer, writer, carpenter, orchard consultant, and speaker. He lived with his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Grace, on Heartsong Farm in northern New Hampshire, growing apples and a variety of medicinal herbs. Michael is the author of The Apple Grower (Chelsea Green, 2005) and The Holistic Orchard (2011), and teamed up with Nancy to write The Herbalist's Way (2005). His Lost Nation Orchard is part of the Holistic Orchard Network, and Michael also led the community orchard movement at

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