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.

The Groundhog Predicts a Fruitful Year with the Expanded and Updated Backyard Orchardist

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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.

Fruit­ful gardening!