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Lost Nation Orchard: growing organic apples with Apple Grower author Michael Phillips
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Apple Grower

A Guide for the
Organic Orchardist

by Michael Phillips

Published by
Chelsea Green
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For decades fruit growers have sprayed their trees with toxic chemicals in an attempt to control a range of insect and fungal pests. Yet it is possible to grow apples responsibly, by applying the intuitive knowledge of our great-grandparents with the fruits of modern scientific research and innovation.

Since The Apple Grower first appeared in 1998, orchardist Michael Phillips has continued his research into apples, which have been called "organic's final frontier." In this new edition of his widely acclaimed work, Michael delves even deeper into the mysteries of growing good fruit with minimal inputs. Some of the cutting-edge topics he explores include:

  • The use of kaolin clay as an effective strategy against curculio and borers, as well as its limitations.
  • Creating a diverse, healthy orchard ecosystem through understory management of plants, nutrients, and beneficial microorganisms.
  • Exploring plant medicines and compost teas to boost tree resistance as a healthier approach to fruit disease management.
  • How to make a small apple business viable by focusing on heritage and regional varieties, value-added products, and the "community orchard" model.

The secret to growing apples without chemical pesticides or fertilizers is hard work, and requires a willingness to observe and learn from nature. This is what Michael has been practicing for the last fifteen years at Lost Nation Orchard in northern New Hampshire.

This definitive guide to growing apples wisely, naturally, and with gentler impact on the earth covers all the cultural points of apple growing. Michael's personal voice and clear-eyed advice have already made The Apple Grower 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.

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The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist
Revised and Expanded Edition
October 2005
paper  ::   8 x 10  ::   343 pages
ISBN 1931498911  ::   $

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