A guide for the organic orchardist. Since The Apple Grower first appeared in 1998, orchardist Michael Phillips has continued his research with apples, which have been called “organic’s final frontier.” In this new edition of his widely acclaimed work, Phillips delves even deeper into the mysteries of growing good fruit with minimal inputs. A favorite! By Michael Phillips. Paperback, 256 pages.
Key Features Include:
• The use of kaolin clay as an effective strategy against curculio and borers, as well as its limitations.
• Creating a diverse, healthy ecosystem through management of plants, nutrients, and beneficial microorganisms.
• How to make a small apple business viable by focusing on heritage and regional varieties, value-added products, and the “community orchard” model.
The author’s personal voice and clear-eyed advice have already made this book a classic among small-scale growers and home orchardists. In fact, anyone serious about succeeding with apples needs to have this updated edition on their bookshelf.