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.

Media Resources: The Backyard Orchardist, Expanded and Updated, 2nd edition

Author: Stella Otto

Pages: 320
Size: 6x9. Trade paperback
Black & white line art illustrations
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: Otto Graphics (Distributed by: Chelsea Green Publishing)

The award-winning first edi­tion of The Back­yard Orchardist, has been a favorite go-to source, for over 20 years, for gar­den­ers wish­ing to cre­ate an edi­ble land­scape. This updated and expanded sec­ond edi­tion con­tin­ues to guide gar­den­ers seek­ing in-depth infor­ma­tion on start­ing and main­tain­ing a home orchard or a few fruit trees. It includes addi­tional advice on:

— new disease-resistant vari­eties
— non-chemical pest con­trol strate­gies
— cul­ti­vat­ing his­tor­i­cal fruit, such as quince and med­lar, along with the tried and true favorites
— dwarf root­stocks that make fruit trees eas­ier to grow in small spaces

Both the novice and the expe­ri­enced “green thumb” will find bushels of in-depth, hands-on wis­dom for start­ing and main­tain­ing a few fruit trees or a larger home orchard.

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

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