It’s official! A new expanded and updated edition of The Backyard Orchardist: A complete guide to growing fruit trees in the home garden is off the press and available to help you get the coming growing season off to a fruitful start! Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring. Make sure you are ready to get gardening!
After more than 20 years as the home gardener’s go-to source for in-depth information and solutions to your tree fruit growing challenges, it was time for an update. You’ll find all the tried and true information that make the first edition an award winner. You will also find lots more to glean:
- New chapters on growing figs, quince, and that, funky but fun, Shakespearean fruit, the medlar
- Eco-friendly techniques for dealing with pests and diseases, with commentary on what’s truly helpful and what’s mostly hype
- Addition of many disease resistant varieties to help you save time and reduce the need to fight diseases with pesticides
- Upgraded illustrations and improved charts to put handy information at your finger tips quickly
With a foreword by Peter Hatch, author of The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson and the Origins of American Horticulture and Director of Gardens and Grounds Emeritus for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and illustrations by Glenn Wolff the new edition is already getting advance praise.
“For over twenty years, Stella Otto’s book The Backyard Orchardist, has been a staple reference for the home grower and adventurous landscaper designer. The newly updated and expanded version of this classic hits perfect stride with the growing interests in uncommon fruits, container gardening, and natural fruit tree care. The new editions will soon be dog-eared and smudged along with my original copy.”
— Michael Judd, author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist
“Over the years I have seen many gardening books on landscaping, shrubs, trees, and ornamentals. There has always been a need for an intelligent, easy to understand, well written book on fruit. Stella Otto’s first edition of The Backyard Orchardist set the bar high. This second edition improves on what I feel has long been the best reference on growing fruit trees. Thank you for this wonderfully written book. I recommend it to anyone, from those who are just starting out, to a pro who wants to refresh themselves on the why, when, and where they do what they do.“
— Bill Ford, speaker, 3rd generation fruit grower, owner Johnson Nursery (retired)
“ …does a great job of simplifying the complex science of fruit growing to a practical level that a novice home grower can use and enjoy.”
— Dr. Nikki Rothwell, Extension Specialist and Coordinator,
Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center
“ Welcome to the ‘grow it, eat it’ movement. If you’re about to dig in, good! The Backyard Orchardist will move you along the way with practical up-to-date information to energize your journey.”
— Michael McConkey, Edible Landscaping nursery
The Backyard Orchardist will soon be going on a “book tour” on social media. Check back often. We’ll post the schedule of when and where you can enjoy the tour stops — guest posts, book reviews, and some chances to win a free copy. Come join us and let your friends know too.