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Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist — Book Review

Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist by Michael Judd will help you create an edible landscape in harmony with nature's growing system, whether you grow in an urban garden or on larger acreage.

Book Review Title: Edi­ble Land­scap­ing with a Per­ma­cul­ture Twist Author: Michael Judd Strong points: Right from the get-go, this book shows it’s true col­ors and under­stand­ing of design. It is well laid-out and beau­ti­ful to look at. It guides you through pur­su­ing a per­ma­cul­ture gar­den with very clear instruc­tions on how to incor­po­rate small projects into your […]

Apples of Uncommon Character—Book Review

Book Review Title: Apples of Uncom­mon Char­ac­ter Author: Rowan Jacob­sen Strong points: If you are a “foodie” look­ing for new taste expe­ri­ences this may be the book for you. One hun­dred twenty three apple vari­eties, heir­loom and mod­ern, are described as if each apple were a fine wine. Art­ful yet accu­rate pho­tos raise this book to coffee […]

Apples for the 21st Century—Book Review

apple varieties, heirloom apples, stating a home orchard, fruit variety tesitng, apple rootstock

Book Review   Title: Apple for the 21st Cen­tury Author: War­ren Man­hart Strong points: With a title that would lead one to think this book is ori­ented mainly toward the mod­ern com­mer­cial apple indus­try and the super mar­ket apple, Apples for the 21st Cen­tury delves into a pleas­antly sur­pris­ing, broad-based list of both heir­loom and mod­ern varieties. […]

Old Southern Apples: A comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts, 2nd Ed—Book Review

Old Southern Apples Creighton Lee Calhoun, Jr.

Book Review Title: Old South­ern Apples: A com­pre­hen­sive His­tory and Descrip­tion of Vari­eties for Col­lec­tors, Grow­ers, and Fruit Enthu­si­asts. Revised and Expanded Author: Creighton Lee Cal­houn, Jr. Strong points: Old South­ern Apples is filled with the regional soci­ol­ogy, the sci­ence, and the sto­ries that make apple grow­ing inter­est­ing and excit­ing. It is an exten­sively well-researched work of […]

Apples of North America—Book Review

Apples of North America

Book Review   Title: Apples of North Amer­ica Author: Ton Bur­ford Strong points: This is a fab­u­lous com­pendium of note­wor­thy apples from an expert who truly knows his apple vari­eties up close and per­sonal! Many pre­vi­ous books on fruit vari­eties were often mainly ency­clo­pe­dias of dry characteristics—color, shape, ripen­ing season—rather than the real meat you need to […]

What’s Wrong with My Fruit Garden? — Book Review

What's Wrong with My Fruit Garden?

Book Review   Title: What’s Wrong with My Fruit Gar­den? Authors: David Dear­dorff and Kathyrn Wadsworth Strong points: Much of the book is pre­sented in chart form. Near the begin­ning of the book, you will find a chart orga­nized by prob­lem type. This pro­vides quick ini­tial sug­ges­tions to help iden­tify the pos­si­ble source of your fruit gar­den problem. […]

Not Far From the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo Maine 1804–2004 — Book Review

Cover photo of Not Far From the Tree

Book Review   Title: Not Far From the Tree: A Brief His­tory of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo Maine 1804–2004 Author: John P. Bunker, Jr. Strong points: A very enjoy­able and poetic read. Lots of hor­ti­cul­tural learn­ing clev­erly inserted into the sto­ries and jour­nal entries. A per­fect exam­ple of what fruit explor­ing and her­itage variety […]

The Apple Grower: A Guide For the Organic Orchardist — Book Review

The Apple Grower - Book cover

Book Review Title: The Apple Grower: A Guide For the Organic Orchardist Author: Michael Phillips Strong points: The Apple Grower real­is­ti­cally cov­ers the goals of grow­ing a small scale com­mer­cial organic orchard. It both points out the chal­lenges of grow­ing organ­i­cally and pro­vides solid options for deal­ing with those chal­lenges. It is very evi­dent that Michael has […]

Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generations, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation — Book Review

Founding Gardeners book cover

Book Review Title: Found­ing Gar­den­ers: The Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Gen­er­a­tions, Nature, and the Shap­ing of the Amer­i­can Nation Author: Andrea Wulf Strong points: Found­ing Gar­den­ers is metic­u­lously researched. It is as much or more an his­toric doc­u­men­ta­tion as it is a hor­ti­cul­tural recount­ing. Agri­cul­ture was inex­orably inter­twined with our country’s early growth and strength. Andrea does a masterful […]

The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello: Thomas Jefferson and the Origins of American Horticulture — Book Review

The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello Peter J. Hatch

Book Review   Title: The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Mon­ti­cello: Thomas Jef­fer­son and the Ori­gins of  Amer­i­can Hor­ti­cul­ture Author: Peter J. Hatch Strong points: Where to begin? This book is as infor­ma­tive and fas­ci­nat­ing as it is beau­ti­ful! It belongs in the library of every seri­ous fruit gar­dener, no really every gar­dener! It also belongs […]