Stella Otto: The Backyard Fruit Gardener

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The Backyard Orchardist, 2nd edition: Table of Contents


Author: Stella Otto

Pages: 320
Size: 6x9. 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: Otto Graphics (Distributed by: Chelsea Green Publishing)

Table of Con­tents from The Back­yard Orchardist

List of Illus­tra­tions and charts

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 — Micro­cli­mate — Chill­ing — 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 — Prun­ing After Plant­ing — Other Care

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

Pome Fruit
4. Apples
Growth Habit — Flow­er­ing & Fruit­ing — Need for Thin­ning — Root­stocks — Vari­ety Choices — Dis­ease Resis­tant Vari­eties — Pop­u­lar Vari­eties — Sweet Cider — Hard Cider — Vari­eties for  Chal­leng­ing Cli­mates
5. Domes­tic Pears
Growth Habit — flow­er­ing and Pol­li­na­tion — Root­stocks — Vari­eties — Judg­ing Ripeness and Har­vest Time
6.  Asian Pears
Growth Habit & Train­ing — Flow­er­ing & Pol­li­na­tion — Hand-thinning — Care of Asian Pears — Root­stocks — Vari­ety Selec­tion — Har­vest
7. Quince
Site and Soil Needs — Growth Habit and Prun­ing — Gen­eral Care — Vari­eties — Har­vest
8. Med­lar
Site and Soil Needs — Growth Habit and Prun­ing — Gen­eral Care — Root­stocks — Vari­eties — Harvest

Stone Fruit
9. Sweet Cher­ries
Growth Habit & Train­ing — Flow­er­ing & Pol­li­na­tion — Root­stocks — Vari­ety Selec­tion — Self-unfruitful Vari­eties — Self-fruitful Vari­eties — Cold Hardy Vari­eties — Fruit Crack­ing
10. Tart Cher­ries
Growth Habit & Prun­ing — Flow­er­ing and Fruit­ing — Root­stocks — Vari­ety Selec­tion — Bush cher­ries
11. Apri­cots, Apri­ums, and Plu­ots
Apri­cots — Flow­er­ing & Pol­li­na­tion — Root­stocks — Vari­eties — Types of Plums — Pol­li­na­tion — Root­stocks — Prun­ing — Apri­ums — Plum­cots & Plu­ots — Har­vest
12. Plums
Growth Habit — Pol­li­na­tion and Fruit Thin­ning — Root­stocks — Vari­ety & Types — Prun­ing
13. Peaches & Nec­tarines
Growth Habit & Prun­ing — Flow­er­ing & Pol­li­na­tion — Fruit Thin­ning — Split Pits — Root­stocks — Vari­eties — White Fleshed Peaches — Peaches for Spe­cial Sit­u­a­tions — Nec­tarines — Har­vest
14. Grow­ing Fruit Trees in Con­tain­ers
Small Stature Tree, Full-Size Fruit — Genetic Dwarf Trees — Choos­ing a Con­tainer — The Soil Mix — Plant­ing and Repot­ting — Feed­ing and Water­ing — Keep­ing the Container-Grown Tree Healthy — Win­ter­iz­ing the Con­tainer Plant­ing
15. Figs
Growth Habit — Prun­ing — Flow­er­ing and Pol­li­na­tion — Types of Figs — Feed and Water — Prop­a­ga­tion — Vari­eties — Figs in Con­tain­ers — Cold Weather Pro­tec­tion — Harvest

SECTION III. Car­ing for Your Fruit Trees

16. Flow­er­ing, Fruit­ing & Thin­ning
Under­stand­ing Fruit Bud Devel­op­ment — Man­ag­ing Growth and Fruit­ing in the Early Years — Flow­er­ing, Pol­li­na­tion, and Fruit Set — June Drop — Bien­nial Bear­ing — Hand Thin­ning
17. Nutri­tion & Fer­til­iz­ers
Pho­to­syn­the­sis — What’s Hap­pen­ing Above Ground — What’s Hap­pen­ing in the Soil — Choos­ing a Fer­til­izer — Func­tion and Sources of Nutri­ents — Soil and Tis­sue Test­ing — Fer­til­izer: How Much? — Mod­i­fy­ing pH — Com­post — Water: How Much? — Main­tain­ing Your Trees in Drought Con­di­tions — Mulching
18. Prun­ing Basics
Prun­ing Sys­tems to Match the Tree’s Growth Habit — Prun­ing Tools — Proper Prun­ing Cuts — Prun­ing Young Non­bear­ing Trees — Prun­ing the Bear­ing Fruit Tree — Reju­ve­nat­ing the Neglected Over­grown Tree

SECTION IV. Pests & Diseases

19. Insect Pests
Under­stand­ing Insect Life Cycles — Meta­mor­pho­sis  — Gen­eral Insect Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion — Insect Dam­age  — Major Direct Insect Pests -  Indi­rect Insect Pests — Occa­sional Insect Pests
20. Dis­ease Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion
Fun­gus Dis­eases — Bac­te­r­ial Dis­eases — Virus and Mis­cel­la­neous Dis­or­ders — Nema­todes
21. Insect and dis­ease Con­trol Meth­ods
Bio­log­i­cal or Organic Con­trol — Syn­thetic or Chem­i­cal Con­trol — Inte­grated Pest Man­age­ment — Effec­tive Pest Con­trol — Insect Con­trol Strate­gies — Cul­tural Prac­tices for Con­trol — Pheromones, Traps, and Mat­ing Dis­rup­tants — Ben­e­fi­cial Insects as Pest Con­trol — Par­ti­cle Film Tech­nol­ogy — Safe Han­dling of Crop Pro­tec­tion Mate­ri­als — Bee-safe Pest and Dis­ease Con­trol Dur­ing Bloom — How to Read a Label — Pes­ti­cides for Insect or Dis­ease Con­trol — Is All-Purpose Spray the Easy Answer?
22. Wildlife Pests
Birds — Deer — Rodents — Racoons & Porcupines

SECTION V. Harvest

23. Har­vest and Stor­age of Your Fruit
When to Har­vest for Fresh Eat­ing — Pick­ing Tech­nique — Proper Stor­age — Help for Using and Pre­serv­ing Your Harvest

APPENDIX
The Value of a Home Orchard
Sea­sonal Almanac
What’s Ail­ing Your Tree?
Resources
Books to add to your library
Fruit Tree Nurs­eries & Sup­plies
Degree day track­ing for mon­i­tor­ing pant and insect devel­op­ment
Glos­sary of Terms
Index