Stella Otto: The Backyard Fruit Gardener

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The BackYard Orchardist: Table of Contents


Author: Stella Otto

Pages: 250
Size: 6x9. Trade paperback
Black & white line illustrations
Charts
Resource lists
Trouble shooting guide
Monthly almanac
Glossary. Index.
$16.95 USD

ISBN: 978-0-9634520-3-0

Pub Date: January 1, 1995

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

Table of Con­tents from The Back­yard Orchardist

List of Illustrations

SECTION I. Get­ting Started with Fruit Trees

1. Enjoy­ing Fruit Trees in the Land­scape
2. Select­ing the Right Site
A Close Look at Your Site — Cli­mate — Aver­age Min­i­mum Tem­per­a­tures and Har­di­ness — Length of Grow­ing Sea­son — Micro­cli­mate — Soil — Soil pH — Mois­ture — Sun­light — Space require­ments — The Per­fect Site
3. Plant­ing and Early Care
Prepar­ing the soil — Select­ing the tree — Plant­ing — Prunng After Plant­ing — Other Care

SECTION II. Fruit Fun­da­men­tals — Growth Habits of the Spe­cific Fruits

Pome Fruit
4 Apples
Growth Habit — Flow­er­ing & Fruit­ing — Root­stocks — Vari­ety Choices and their Uses — Dis­ease Resis­tant Vari­eties — Vari­eties for Spe­cial Sit­u­a­tions
5. Pears
Growth Habit — Pol­li­na­tion — Root­stocks — Domes­tic Vari­eties — Judg­ing Ripeness and Har­vest Time — Asian Pears

Stone Fruit
6. Sweet Cher­ries
Growth Habit & Train­ing — Flow­er­ing & Pol­li­na­tion — Root­stocks — Vari­ety Selec­tion
7. Tart Cher­ries
Growth Habit & Train­ing — Root­stocks — Vari­ety Selec­tion
8. Apri­cots, Plums and Plum­cots
Apri­cots — Flow­er­ing & Pol­li­na­tion — Root­stocks — Vari­eties — Types of Plums — Pol­li­na­tion — Root­stocks — Prun­ing — Apri­ums & Plu­ots
9. Peaches & Nec­tarines
Growth Habit & Prun­ing — Flow­er­ing & Pol­li­na­tion — Root­stocks — Vari­eties — White Fleshed Peaches — Fruit Thin­ning — Nectarines

SECTION III. Car­ing for Your Fruit Trees

10. Feed­ing the Fruit Tree
Pho­to­syn­the­sis — Choos­ing a Fer­til­izer — Func­tion and Sources of Nutri­ents — Soil and Tis­sue Test­ing –Nutri­ent Defi­ciency Symp­toms — Fer­til­izer: How Much?  — Water­ing — Mulching — Mod­i­fy­ing pH
11. Prun­ing Basics
Young Non­bear­ing  Trees — Dif­fer­ent sys­tems — The Bear­ing Tree — Reju­ve­nat­ing the Neglected Over­grown Tree — Time of Year — Proper Cuts — Tools
12. Grow­ing in Con­tain­ers
Genetic Dwarf Trees — Choos­ing a Con­tainer — The Soil Mix — Plant­ing and Repot­ting -
Feed­ing & Water­ing — Win­ter­iz­ing the Con­tainer Plant
13. Flow­er­ing, Fruit­ing and Thin­ning
Under­stand­ing Fruit Bud Devel­op­ment — Man­ag­ing Growth and Fruit­ing in the Early Years — Flow­er­ing, Pol­li­na­tion and Fruit Set — June Drop — Bien­nial Bear­ing — Hand Thinning

SECTION IV. Pests & Diseases

14. Insect Pests
Under­stand­ing Insect Life Cycles — Insect Dam­age — Gen­eral Insect Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion — Direct, Indi­rect, and Occa­sional Insect Pests — Ben­e­fi­cial Insects
15. Dis­ease Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion
Fun­gus Dis­eases — Bac­te­r­ial Dis­eases — Virus and Mis­cel­la­neous Dis­or­ders — Nema­todes
16. Insect and dis­ease Con­trol Meth­ods
Dif­fer­ent Philoso­phies Defined -  Safe Han­dling of Mate­ri­als –Effec­tive Pest Con­trol -
Insect Con­trol — Dis­ease Con­trol
17. Wildlife Pests
Birds — Deer — Rodents — Racoons & Porcupines

SECTION V. Harvest

18. Har­vest and Stor­age of Your Fruit
When to Har­vest — Pick­ing Tech­nique — Proper Storage

APPENDIX
Monthly Almanac of Car­ing for your Fruit Trees
Reviv­ing the Ail­ing Tree — A Quick Ref­er­ence Chart
RESOURCES
Resource list of sources of nurs­eries, scionwood, sup­plies, other infor­ma­tion
Glos­sary of Terms
Index