The Fruit Tree Handbook by Ben Pike

The Fruit Tree Handbook by Ben Pike

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The Fruit Tree Handbook is a clear, practical guide for both amateur and expert. It explains all you need to know in order to grow delicious fruit, from designing your orchard and planting your trees to harvesting your produce.

Apples, pears, plums, cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines, as well as less common fruits such as mulberries, medlars and figs, are covered in detail, with recommended varieties of each.

Fruit tree expert Ben Pike describes all the pest and disease problems you may encounter and advises on how to deal with them. He explains about choosing rootstocks and suitable varieties for your needs, and illuminates the mysteries of pruning with step-­by-step instructions and detailed diagrams. The book features beautiful colour pictures throughout.

The Fruit Tree Handbook conveys a deep respect for the natural world, showing how to cultivate healthy trees through good management, and also includes chapters on restoring an old orchard and setting up a community orchard.

Whether you are planting one or two trees in your garden or 50 trees in a field; or whether you need help with pruning your apple tree or advice on looking after a victoria plum tree, this book provides the expert guidance you need and you can look forward to being rewarded with basketfuls of luscious fruit at harvest time.

About the author

Ben's love of gardening comes from very early childhood memories of walking ast a garden laden with fruit trees and rows of vegetables on his way to school. By the age of 28, he was working as a landscape gardener, followed by spell as a jobbing gardener and it was during this period that his love affair with fruit trees began. Asked by his clients to prune their trees, he began to inquire into all aspects of growing fruit.

Ben taught himself how to prune fruit tress and his passionate interest started. During this time he met Tom Hoblyn and in 1995 they set up South Hams Orchard Services. This involved planting and pruning fruit trees as well as consultancy work. This business continued to grow and is now known as Devon Orchard Services.

Book details

352 pages
Green Books
Publication date
October 2011

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