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.

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Remove the mys­tery and ban­ish the mis­con­cep­tion that fruit grow­ing is difficult.

One in three house­holds in the United States, that’s 42 mil­lion gar­den­ers, grow edi­ble gar­dens. Mil­len­ni­als are lead­ing the way in the resur­gence of grow­ing fruit, find­ing that grow­ing high-value pro­duce deliv­ers the most value for their invest­ment. Boomers look­ing for a healthy, active retire­ment are close behind. These gar­den­ers seek garden-ripe taste, pre­mium qual­ity, and to save money. The Back­yard Orchardist: A com­plete guide to grow­ing fruit trees in the home gar­den and The Back­yard Berry Book: A hands-on guide to grow­ing berries, bram­bles, and vine fruit in the home gar­den offer gar­den­ers the knowl­edge and under­stand­ing to ful­fill these desires as they grow a fruit­ful Gar­den of Eden.

 


The Back­Yard Orchardist:

A com­plete guide to grow­ing fruit trees in the
home gar­den
Expanded and updated, 2nd edi­tion

The award-winning first
edi­tion of The Back­yard Orchardist, has been a favorite go-to source for
gar­den­ers wish­ing to grow fruit trees. In the 20+ years since its orig­i­nal pub­li­ca­tion, much has changed. Now, an updated and expanded edi­tion adds guid­ance on new disease-resistant vari­eties, non-chemical pest con­trol strate­gies, cul­ti­vat­ing his­toric fruit, and dwarf­ing root­stocks for grow­ing fruit in small spaces. Both the novice and the expe­ri­enced “green thumb” will find bushels of in-depth, hands-on advice for start­ing and main­tain­ing a few fruit trees or a larger home orchard.

Media Resources for The Back­Yard Orchardist, 2nd ed. ›

Author: Stella Otto

Pages: 320
Size: 6 x 9. Trade paper­back
Black & white line art
illus­tra­tions, Charts
Resource lists
Trou­ble shoot­ing guide
Monthly almanac
Glos­sary. Index.
$24.95 USD

ISBN: 978–0-9634520–4-7

Pub Date: Jan­u­ary 18, 2016

Pub­lished by: Otto­Graph­ics
(Dis­trib­uted by: Chelsea Green
Pub­lish­ing Co.)

orchardist

Out of print copies avail­able free to com­mu­nity gar­dens in low income neigh­bor­hoods and non-profit edu­ca­tional orga­ni­za­tions teach­ing gar­den­ing self-sufficiency skills to dis­ad­van­taged youth and adults. We ask only that you cover the cost of postage. For more infor­ma­tion email us.

The Back­Yard Orchardist:

A com­plete guide to grow­ing fruit trees in the home garden

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 Orchardist pro­vides what is needed for any gar­dener to suc­cess­fully grow every­thing from apri­cots to pears.

Media Resources for The Back­Yard Orchardist ›

Author: Stella Otto

Pages: 256
Size: 6 x 9. Trade paper­back
Black & white line art
illus­tra­tions, Charts
Resource lists
Trou­ble shoot­ing guide
Monthly almanac
Glos­sary. Index.
$16.95 USD

ISBN: 978–0-9634520–3-0

Pub Date: Jan­u­ary 1995

Pub­lished by: OttoGraphics

 

The Back­Yard Berry Book:

A hands-on guide to grow­ing berries, bram­bles, and vine fruit in the home garden

The Back­Yard Berry Book pro­vides what is needed for any gar­dener to suc­cess­fully grow every­thing from grapes to kiwifruit, cur­rants to rasp­ber­ries. High­lights detailed advice and proven tech­niques on cul­ti­vat­ing your own berry gar­den at home.

Paired with its com­pan­ion, The Back­Yard Orchardist, read­ers will have every­thing they need for a boun­ti­ful fruit gar­den except the plants.

Media Resources for The Back­Yard Berry Book ›

Author: Stella Otto

Pages: 288
Size: 6 x 9. Trade paper­back
Black & white line art
illus­tra­tions, charts, maps
Sea­sonal to-do cal­en­dar
Trou­bleshoot­ing Q & A
Resource lists
Glos­sary. Index.
$17.95 USD

ISBN: 978–0-9634520–6-1

Pub­li­ca­tion date: April 1995

Pub­lished by: Otto­Graph­ics
(Dis­trib­uted by Chelsea Green
Pub­lish­ing Co.)