Stella Otto: The Backyard Fruit Gardener

Today's Tip: Mow vegetation short around the base of fruit trees and bushes to reduce winter habitat for rodents.

Reviews & Mentions

Reviews and Men­tions for the Back­Yard Berry Book

 

Stella Otto is a gar­den­ing guru.  She gave me every­thing I needed to begin the plan for “small fruit” in my gar­den. .…I felt pre­pared to make choices on what types of fruit I wanted to plant in my yard.… I used Otto’s detailed infor­ma­tion about spac­ing, cli­mate, plant needs and fruit bear­ing amounts to help me reach  my decision.….

This book will be a go to for me when it comes to gardening!

- Reviewed by Mom blog [link]

 

For the best fla­vor, most fruit should not be picked until fully ripe, says Stella Otto, Michigan-based hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and author of “The Back­yard Berry Book.” When pick­ing your favorite fruit, Otto rec­om­mends han­dling with care.….…”

View more tips for the ins and outs of How to Pick and Prep Fruits on this great slide show.

- Mom.Me [ link ]

 

The Back­yard Berry Book is a book I will be re-reading with a high­lighter very soon. I am hop­ing to re-visit my straw­berry sit­u­a­tion with a new advan­tage! This book was packed with infor­ma­tion on select­ing the right plants and even the trial and error of dif­fer­ent vari­eties. I might even try my hand at a dif­fer­ent berry like blue­ber­ries or black­ber­ries — now that I’m armed with some prac­ti­cal information.”

– Lisa Ruper­tus, AsTheyGrowUp.com [ link ]

 

…I’ve grown rasp­ber­ries for years and more recently straw­ber­ries, black­ber­ries, and blue­ber­ries. Rasp­ber­ries are rel­a­tively sim­ple if you tie them to a large ver­ti­cal sup­port like a fence, and black­ber­ries are also rel­a­tively easy if you keep them pruned. But straw­ber­ries have to be planted and main­tained in a very spe­cific way for best fruit pro­duc­tion, and blue­ber­ries are an even greater chal­lenge, as they require a lot of organic mat­ter in the soil, excel­lent drainage, and a highly acidic soil. This book addresses all of these issues in a clear, com­pre­hen­sive man­ner, explores var­i­ous prun­ing tech­niques, and has already pro­vided me with some use­ful tips. It’s also edu­cat­ing me on grapes, which is my next chal­lenge. The Back­yard Berry Book includes chap­ters on grow­ing straw­ber­ries, rhubarb, rasp­ber­ries, black­ber­ries, lin­gonber­ries, cur­rants, grapes, and kiwi, and soil prepa­ra­tion, prun­ing, main­te­nance, and dis­ease and pest con­trol for each fruit.”

– Todd Heft, BigBlogOfGardening.com [ link ]

 

Both the gar­den novice and the more expe­ri­enced ‘green-thumb’ will har­vest bushels of hands-on advice from an expe­ri­enced grower and pro­fes­sional hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist. The Back­yard Berry Book pro­vides what is needed for any gar­dener to suc­cess­fully grow every­thing from rasp­ber­ries to grapes, cur­rants to kiwifruit and more.…

If you want to grow berries or fruit trees in your back­yard, I HIGHLY rec­om­mend get­ting The Back­Yard Orchardist and The Back­Yard Berry Book BEFORE you make any pur­chases or deci­sion. Stella’s advice will help you pick the best spot, set the soil cor­rectly for what type of plant you are putting in, and then help you care for the plant cor­rectly, to get the max­i­mum fruit and long life from it! rasp­ber­ries to grapes, cur­rants to kiwifruit and more.…

The book duo would also make an excel­lent gift idea for the gar­dener, or back yard enthusiast!”

– Nicole Henke, Bless Their Hearts Mom [ link ]

 

How to Select Healthy Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes for Your Fruit Gar­den arti­cle by Stella Otto posted 6/7/13.”

– Nicole Henke, Bless­Their­HeartsMom [ link ]

 

Select­ing Healthy Fruit Trees & Berry Bushes arti­cle by Stella Otto posted.”

– Gar­dens West Mag­a­zine [ link ]

 

How to Select Healthy Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes for Your Fruit Gar­den Guest Post by Stella Otto posted.”

– AsTheyGrowUp.com [ link ]

 

World Wis­dom: Healthy Fruit Trees and Bushes for Your Gar­den arti­cle by Stella Otto posted.”

– Moth­er­hood Moment [ link ]

 

…This sim­ple but infor­ma­tive book is a the per­fect gardener’s tool that gives one the con­fi­dence and knowl­edge to actu­ally attempt to grow berries in their yard that they can enjoy and eat for years to come.”

– Conny Crisalli, BookPleasures.com [ link ]

 

Trend #1 Grow Your Own

With the ever-increasing empha­sis on healthy eat­ing, organic pro­duce and sus­tain­able liv­ing, gar­den­ers every­where are try­ing their hand at pro­duc­ing their own fruits and veg­eta­bles. Stella Otto, the ‘Back­yard Fruit Gar­dener’, says the trend is really tak­ing off with younger gardeners.

As the gen­er­a­tion of mid 20s to early 30s grows up, they are com­ing full cir­cle and embrac­ing the roots of their post-hippie gen­er­a­tion par­ents. They are return­ing to the home­stead con­cept, but with a decid­edly urban flair of their own. Many are dig­ging into the urban home­steading and farm­ing move­ment with the intent to become food self-sufficient and eco­log­i­cally sustainable.’

Otto is par­tic­u­larly excited about grow­ing unusual berries not com­monly found in the super­mar­ket, such as:

  • Yel­low raspberries
  • Goose­ber­ries
  • Lin­gonber­ries

Other less-common fruit suit­able for the back­yard gar­dener are blue­ber­ries, kiwi, grapes and cur­rants. Of course, every gar­dener needs to choose vari­eties suit­able to his or her own cli­mate and lifestyle.”

– Michelle Ull­man, IdealHomeGarden.com [ link ]

 

Berry good reads. Have you col­lected a bunch of tiny hotel soaps? Put them to work keep­ing deer away from your berries. Drill a hole in them and twist tie them to gar­den stakes. Or, spread lit­tle bags of human hair around. Stella Otto calls this ‘tank­age’ in The Back­yard Berry Book. She cau­tions that trail­ing or semi-erect black­berry roots must be kept in the dark before plant­ing, even on cloudy days, to keep yields high. But she sheds light on bram­ble pro­duc­tion that will keep you in cob­bler. You’ll love her easy trel­lis designs.

Otto’s com­pan­ion book The Back­yard Orchardist taught me some prun­ing tips and how to spread branches with tooth­picks or clothes­pins so a fruit tree can spread out for bet­ter bear­ing. She goes with the thought that life with­out cher­ries is the pits, and shares how to grow them along with apples, pears, etc. She makes it sound so easy, but I cau­tion that patience is required as one awaits suc­cu­lent bounty on the branches.”

– Dar­ragh Doiron, Port Arthur News [ link ]

 

Stella Otto is quoted exten­sively in ‘Grow­ing Edi­ble Vines’ article.”

– Jes­sica Wal­liser, Hobby Farm Homes [ link ]

 

Like grapes, kiwis are vig­or­ous grow­ers and need to be prop­erly pruned, trained and trel­lised. Good infor­ma­tional sources for their care and main­te­nance include Stella Otto’s The Back­yard Berry Book: A Hands-on Guide to Grow­ing Berries, Bram­bles, and Vine Fruit in the Home Garden.”

– Jes­sica Wal­liser, Hobby Farm Homes [ link ]

 

‘Beauty & the Feast: Dis­cover 8 eye-catching vines for your gar­den and back­yard that are as deli­ciously fruit­ful as they are beau­ti­ful’ by Jes­sica Wal­liser appears in the March/April 2012 issue of Hobby Farm Home. Stella Otto is quoted sev­eral times, along with men­tion of her books–Backyard Orchardist and Back­yard Berry Book.”

– Hobby Farm Home

Stella Otto was inter­viewed 5/12/11 by Martha Stew­art Liv­ing gar­den edi­tors Tony Bielaczy­con the Home­grown radio show. Home­grown is live every Tues­day at 9 a.m. ET and Thurs­day at 1 p.m. ET on on Sir­ius 112. ”

– Marthastewart.com, Homegrown

In the late 20th cen­tury, unfor­tu­nately, berries are seen pri­mar­ily in the super­mar­ket at cer­tain times of year, and while this is wel­come, it used to be that every­one had a few berry bushes in the back­yard: some cur­rants, some goose­ber­ries and a few rhubarb plants. In The Back­yard Berry Book: A Hands-On Guide to Grow­ing Berries, Bram­bles, and Vine Fruit in the Home Gar­den, Stella Otto explains how to bring this tra­di­tion back and raise lush crops of berries and fruit with point­ers on soil nutri­tion, plant nutri­ents and mulching that will make your home-grown berries the envy of folks who only see them in the super­mar­ket. This mouth-watering book will get you going.”

– Pool House Designs

There are so many prob­lems that I con­tend with in my gar­den that I can get the answers from a book or magazine.…There are many great books out there that might be worth check­ing out for your own library or at the library.…including The Back­yard Berry Book by Stella Otto.”

– Stephanie Bethke-DeJaegher, The Inde­pen­dent, South­west­ern MN’s Daily News­pa­per[ link ]

 

If you’re dream­ing of har­vest­ing mouth-watering small fruits in you own backyard,…read this book!

If you’re already try­ing small fruit pro­duc­tion and har­vest­ing a peck of problems,…read this book.

Stella Otto tells you how to grow the famil­iar and the more exotic, for big results in a small space.”

– Jan Riggen­bach, syn­di­cated colum­nist, Mid­west Gar­den­ing and Mid­west Liv­ing magazine

Stella Otto has done it again! When we reviewed her first book, The Back­yard Orchardist, we wrote ‘What we like most about this book is that it isn’t intim­i­dat­ing. Stella Otto doesn’t act like some expert-from-on high; she gen­tly and con­vinc­ingly enables us to real­ize that, yes, we can grow fruit suc­cess­fully.” Ditto for The Back­yard Berry Book…you should by all means read this book.”

– Hor­tIdeas

…packed with reli­able meth­ods and details of berry grow­ing one sel­dom encoun­ters in books twice this one’s size. Otto pro­vides such a thor­ough guide to the all-important first step of prepar­ing a site for berries, that it actu­ally can serve as pri­or­ity read­ing in start­ing any kind of gardening.”

– Gene Logs­don, author of The Con­trary Farmer

 

If you’re even con­sid­er­ing grow­ing fruit, you’ll find Otto’s two books price­less resources. They con­tain every­thing you need to get started.…except the plants.”

– Lynn Byczyn­ski, edi­tor, Grow­ing for Market

Likely to be much-thumbed as a ref­er­ence by the green-thumbed crowd.”

– Small Press

One of the best books on grow­ing berries I’ve seen in a long time.”

– Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger

Writ­ten in plain hands-on lan­guage, clear and pur­pose­ful draw­ings, the defin­i­tive how-to guide to small fruit gardening.”

– Back­Home

…enjoy­able to read, easy to refer to.”

– Fruit Gardener

Gar­den Book Club Alter­nate Selection

Rodale Organic Gar­den­ing Book Club Alter­nate Selection

Fea­ture excerpt in Coun­try Jour­nal magazine

Reviews in news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines and trade pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing Amer­i­can Home­style & Gar­den, Bet­ter Homes and Gar­dens Deck and Land­scape Plan­ner, Book­list, and Blooms­bury Review

 

 Reviews and Men­tions for the Back­Yard Orchardist

 

For many of the same rea­sons that I really enjoyed The Back­yard Berry Book, I enjoyed The Back­yard Orchardist as well.…  Otto once again sup­plies every last detail to suc­cess­fully plan­ning fruit trees.  I am a total “new­bie” at this but I feel very pre­pared to make choices after read­ing this book.…

I chose to review these two books together because, quite frankly, I think they are excel­lent com­pan­ion books and would make a won­der­ful addi­tion to your gar­den­ing library.  The pair would make a lovely house­warm­ing gift as well.…

- Reviewed by Mom blog [link]

 

For the best fla­vor, most fruit should not be picked until fully ripe, says Stella Otto, Michigan-based hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and author of “The Back­yard Berry Book.” When pick­ing your favorite fruit, Otto rec­om­mends han­dling with care.….…”

View more tips for the ins and outs of How to Pick and Prep Fruits on this great slide show.

- Mom.Me [ link ]

 

If you want to add fruit to your edi­ble land­scape, the Back­yard Berry Book and the Back­yard Orchardist are excel­lent primers.

Stella Otto cer­tainly knows fruit. A pro­fes­sional hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and for­mer orchard and farm mar­ket owner for 25 years, she’s grown just about every fruit that’s pos­si­ble to grow in Michi­gan. In the Back­yard Berry Book and the Back­yard Orchardist she shares her exper­tise in sim­ple, clear terms that the novice gar­dener will under­stand, and the inter­me­di­ate gar­dener will appre­ci­ate. Each book is full of illus­tra­tions, charts and spe­cific instruc­tions for grow­ing the most com­mon fruits in North America.

…I sure wish I’d read the Back­yard Orchardist when I was hav­ing prob­lems with infec­tions in my pear trees, because I may not have had to cut them down. Oh well.”

– Todd Heft, BigBlogOfGardening.com [ link ]

 

I had never really con­sid­ered fruit trees before open­ing The Back­yard Orchardist. I guess I thought that was only for other states and not NJ. (Funny we go to apple farms to pick apples but it never crossed my mind.) I believe this book will be espe­cially use­ful when we have a bit of land to take on this adven­ture. It is lit­er­ally filled with infor­ma­tion from start­ing out to deal­ing with problems.”

– Lisa Ruper­tus, AsTheyGrowUp.com [ link ]

 

…Some of the best dia­grams and charts in the book show what pears and apple trees can be cross pol­li­nated and are dis­ease free. Both of these are really great to help you make the RIGHT (and bud­get con­scious) deci­sion on what trees to plant! She also has a whole chap­ter for con­tainer gar­den­ing for those that don’t have large back yards. If you want to grow fruit trees, THIS is the book to get!”

– Nicole Henke, Bless Their Hearts Mom [ link ]

 

How to Select Healthy Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes for Your Fruit Gar­den arti­cle by Stella Otto posted 6/7/13.”

– Nicole Henke, Bless­Their­HeartsMom [ link ]

 

Select­ing Healthy Fruit Trees & Berry Bushes arti­cle by Stella Otto posted.”

– Gar­dens West Mag­a­zine [ link ]

 

How to Select Healthy Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes for Your Fruit Gar­den Guest Post by Stella Otto posted.”

– AsTheyGrowUp.com [ link ]

 

World Wis­dom: Healthy Fruit Trees and Bushes for Your Gar­den arti­cle by Stella Otto posted.”

– Moth­er­hood Moment [ link ]

 

…This easy-to-read book is a use­ful edu­ca­tional tool that gives one the con­fi­dence and knowl­edge to actu­ally attempt to grow a fruit bear­ing tree in their yard that they can enjoy and eat for years to come.”

– Conny Crisalli, BookPleasures.com [ link ]

 

From an arti­cle, Quirky, Per­haps, But Easy to Grow (and Fun to Eat)…STELLA OTTO, a Michi­gan hor­ti­cul­tur­ist, wrote The Back­yard Orchardist: A Com­plete Guide to Grow­ing Fruit Trees in the Home Gar­den. With more than 25 years of expe­ri­ence grow­ing fruit, she’s been an orchard man­ager and a farming-workshop leader. ‘Hardy kiwifruit are novel but easy. The smooth-skinned fruit tastes both sweet and tangy.…’”

– Avi­tal Bin­sh­tock, Sierra [ link ]

 

While it’s dif­fi­cult to do a lot out­doors in your gar­den dur­ing the win­ter, time can be spent with some good books that will get you ready for spring. Here are some of my recommendations.…The Back­yard Orchardist by Stella Otto (Otto­Graph­ics). Thor­ough but non-technical, this easy-to-read and well-illustrated hand­book cov­ers all aspects of home orchard selec­tion, plant­ing and main­te­nance. A Ben­jamin Franklin Award win­ner, this book is so help­ful to begin­ning orchard own­ers that we sell it at our nursery.”

– Steve Boehme, owner of Good­Seed Nurs­ery & Land­scape, The Chill­i­cothe Gazette and The Cler­mont Sun [ link ]

 

Trend #1 Grow Your Own

With the ever-increasing empha­sis on healthy eat­ing, organic pro­duce and sus­tain­able liv­ing, gar­den­ers every­where are try­ing their hand at pro­duc­ing their own fruits and veg­eta­bles. Stella Otto, the ‘Back­yard Fruit Gar­dener’, says the trend is really tak­ing off with younger gardeners.

As the gen­er­a­tion of mid 20s to early 30s grows up, they are com­ing full cir­cle and embrac­ing the roots of their post-hippie gen­er­a­tion par­ents. They are return­ing to the home­stead con­cept, but with a decid­edly urban flair of their own. Many are dig­ging into the urban home­steading and farm­ing move­ment with the intent to become food self-sufficient and eco­log­i­cally sustainable.’

Otto is par­tic­u­larly excited about grow­ing unusual berries not com­monly found in the super­mar­ket, such as:

  • Yel­low raspberries
  • Goose­ber­ries
  • Lin­gonber­ries

Other less-common fruit suit­able for the back­yard gar­dener are blue­ber­ries, kiwi, grapes and cur­rants. Of course, every gar­dener needs to choose vari­eties suit­able to his or her own cli­mate and lifestyle. ”

– Michelle Ull­man, IdealHomeGarden.com [ link ]

 

‘Beauty & the Feast: Dis­cover 8 eye-catching vines for your gar­den and back­yard that are as deli­ciously fruit­ful as they are beau­ti­ful’ by Jes­sica Wal­liser appears in the March/April 2012 issue of Hobby Farm Home. Stella Otto is quoted sev­eral times, along with men­tion of her books–Backyard Orchardist and Back­yard Berry Book.”

– Hobby Farm Home

Stella Otto was inter­viewed 5/12/11 by Martha Stew­art Liv­ing gar­den edi­tors Tony Bielaczy­con the Home­grown radio show. Home­grown is live every Tues­day at 9 a.m. ET and Thurs­day at 1 p.m. ET on on Sir­ius 112.”

– Marthastewart.com, Homegrown

The Bacy­Yard Orchardist is thor­ough but non-technical. This easy-to-read and well-illustrated hand­book cov­ers all aspects of home orchard selec­tion, plant­ing and mantainance…this book is so help­ful to begin­ner orchardists that we sell it at our nursery.”

– Steve Boehme, Chill­i­cothe Gazette

For every gar­dener desir­ing to add apples, pears, cher­ries, and other tree fruit to their land­scape here are hints and solid infor­ma­tion from a pro­fes­sional hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and expe­ri­enced fruit grower. 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. Those with lim­ited space will learn about grow­ing dwarf fruit trees in containers.

Appen­dices include a fruit-growers monthly cal­en­dar, a trouble-shooting guide for reviv­ing ail­ing trees, and a resource list of nurs­eries sell­ing fruit trees.”

User Rat­ings and Reviews

5 Stars: Extremely help­ful! Just moved to a new home and wanted to start my plants off right. This book helped me not only in the selec­tion of my plants, but where on my prop­erty it is best to plant them, and how to prop­erly plant them. I also learned the cor­rect ways of prun­ing and fer­til­iz­ing each plant. I have found this book to be an invalu­able tool to a begin­ning back­yard gardener.

5 Stars: I found this book very thor­ough and infor­ma­tive for some­one just learn­ing about grow­ing fruit and nut trees at home. It answered very nearly every one of my questions.”

– gardentipsnow.com

Beau­ti­ful white apri­cot blos­soms are a shim­mer­ing sight of early spring, and I think it’s a shame to miss out on the deli­cious sum­mer fruit. But all fruit trees undergo a period of nat­ural thin­ning, said Stella Otto, author of The Back­yard Orchardist.…Otto sug­gested pes­ti­cides con­tain­ing Imi­dan, although Ortho’s home orchard spray is also use­ful. Fol­low direc­tions precisely. ”

– Linda Yang, Gar­den Q&A, The New York Times [ link ]

 

…In The Back­yard Orchardist, Otto treats fruit trees in a sim­i­lar, com­pre­hen­sive man­ner. This award-winning book won the cov­eted Ben­jamin Franklin Award. She has a won­der­ful chap­ter on grow­ing fruit trees in con­tain­ers. Do you have ques­tions about har­vest and stor­age? She answers that and much more.”

– Con­nie Krochmal, A FRUIT GARDENER’S BOOKSHELF, Suite101.com

If you are an avid flower or veg­etable grower, but miss­ing out on the joys of fruit gar­den­ing, The Back­yard Orchardist and The Back­Yard Berry Book are for you. With more than 16 years of hands-on expe­ri­ence, Stella Otto presents the meth­ods and tech­niques to grow fruits and berries suc­cess­fully. The Back­Yard Orchardist includes infor­ma­tion on site selec­tion, prop­a­ga­tion, soil nutri­tion, pest con­trol strate­gies and dis­ease iden­ti­fi­ca­tion as well as spe­cific infor­ma­tion on apples, pears, cher­ries, apri­cots and more. It is one of the finest sources of fruit grow­ing infor­ma­tion avail­able. Well writ­ten and bulging with infor­ma­tion, it will fill a con­spic­u­ous void on any homestead. ”

– Coun­try­side mag­a­zine [ link ]

 

Also praised by Book­list, The New York Times, Chicago Tri­bune, Mid­west Gar­den­ing, Fruit Gar­dener, Coun­try Liv­ing Gar­dener, The Gar­den Gate: Newslet­ter for New Eng­land Gar­den­ers, Rural Her­itage, From the Ground Up, Small Scale Agri­cul­ture Today, and other news­pa­pers, radio, and TV nationwide.”

With author Otto as your guide, you might find your­self lit­er­ally enjoy­ing the fruits of your labors in a few short seasons.”

– The Blooms­bury Review

Otto’s years of expe­ri­ence lends to a prac­ti­cal guide to grow­ing fruit trees on a small scale.…one of the few (titles) to not only nar­row the focus, but to address the spe­cial prob­lems and suc­cesses of home cultivation.…”

– The Bookwatch

A handy compendium.…”

– Small Press

…fills a void in a area where there are few good books available…well worth its mod­est price…extremely help­ful for any­one inter­ested in grow­ing fruit trees.”

– Choice

A good down-to-earth–no pun intended–guide.…”

– Sacra­mento (CA) Bee

.…per­ti­nent chap­ters give detailed answers to a lot of questions…”

– Mil­wau­kee (WI) Jour­nal reprinted in The Ottawa Citizen

…espe­cially handy.…well-illustrated information.”

– Healthy News Newsletter

Otto is a down-to-earth, no-nonsense author, and full of information.”

– Rich­mond (VA) Times-Dispatch

The Back­yard Orchardist is a first rate effort and will fill a con­spic­u­ous void on the bookshelf.”

– Hor­ti­cul­ture

A fan­tas­tic book. It will really fill an infor­ma­tional void on this topic.”

– Julie Francke, Mas­ter Gar­dener Coor­di­na­tor, Lee­lanau County (MI) Coop­er­a­tive Extension

…the finest ref­er­ence (by far) for the beginner!”

– Ed Fack­ler, Rocky Meadow Orchard & Nursery

…packed with down-to-earth infor­ma­tion that the home gar­dener and mas­ter gar­dener crave.”

– Jour­nal of Small Fruit and Viticulture

If you’re even con­sid­er­ing grow­ing fruit, you’ll find Otto’s two books price­less resources. They con­tain every­thing you need to get started.…except the plants.”

– Lynn Byczyn­ski, Edi­tor, Grow­ing for Mar­ket

…If you’re still day­dream­ing about that back­yard orchard, there are plenty of trees to pick from out there in gar­den land. But you’d be wise to buy a copy of The Back­yard Orchardist and get smart first.”

– Huntsville (AL) Times

This lit­tle gem is the finest sin­gle source of fruit grow­ing infor­ma­tion pub­lished to date.…very comprehensive.”

– Pomona, newslet­ter of the North Amer­i­can Fruit Explorers

What we like most about this book is it isn’t intimidating.…Otto gen­tly and con­vinc­ingly enables us to real­ize that, yes, we can grow fruit successfully.…bulging with facts which can be put to work by both novice and expe­ri­enced ama­teur fruit growers.”

– Hor­tIdeas

Rodale Organic Gar­den­ing Book Club Alter­nate Selection

Gar­den Book Club Alter­nate Selection

Final­ist for Best Gar­den Book, Ben­jamin Franklin Award

Win­ner of the Ben­jamin Franklin Award for Best First Book