For decades fruit growers have sprayed their trees with toxic chemicals in an attempt to control a range of insect and fungal pests. Yet it is possible to grow apples responsibly, by applying the intuitive knowledge of our great-grandparents with the fruits of modern scientific research and innovation. Since The Apple Grower first appeared in 1998, orchard expert
Michael Phillips has continued his research with apples, which have been called eorganicis final frontieri. In this new edition of his widely acclaimed work, Phillips delves even deeper into the mysteries of growing good fruit with minimal inputs. Some of the cutting-edge topics he explores include:
The use of kaolin clay as an effective strategy against curculio and borers, as well as its limitations
Creating a diverse, healthy orchard ecosystem through understorey management of plants, nutrients, and beneficial micro-organisms
How to make a small apple business viable by focusing on heritage and regional varieties, value-added products, and the ecommunity orchardi model
The authoris personal voice and clear-eyed advice have already made The Apple Grower a classic among small-scale growers and home orchardists.
Michael Phillips is a farmer, writer, carpenter, orchard consultant, and speaker who lives with his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Grace, on Heartsong Farm in northern New Hampshire, where they grow 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 leads the community orchard movement at www.GrowOrganicApples.com
Growing Apples Locally The Orchard Site and Its Climate The Enriching of Fruit Lands The Trees and the Planting Care of the Orchard Apple Pests and Diseases Spraying for Balance Reaping the Harvest Marketing in the Local Economy The Last Organic Frontier