Book Review: Grow Fruit
February 18, 2011
Grow Fruit was writen by Alan Buckingham and published by DK in 2010.
The book is organized by fruit type: tree fruit (apples, pears, plums, cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines, quinces, mulberries, medlars, and figs), soft fruit (strawberries, raspberries, backberries and hybrids, gooseberries, red and white currants, black currants, blueeberries, cranberries and lingonberries, and unusal berries), grape vines, and tender and unusual fruit (citrus, melons, kiwifrui, cape gooseberries, and others), with two added sections, one being an introduction on what to choose, and the other is “Fruit Doctor.” Each section on a given fruit gives an introduction, lists some must grow varieties of that fruit, talks about choosing and buying plants including rootstock and pollination, growing (planting, care, harvest and storage), pruning, and common diseases or pests.
My impression of this book is that it makes a very good one stop fruit growing encyclopeadia. It even has information on cranberries, which I have found the topic to be a little hard to research at times. However, I’ve been wanting to plant some rhubarb, and this book does not talk about that. The introduction is good, talking about must-grow fruit by difficulty to grow, though I imingine that would vary a little bit by region.
The big draw back I see on this book is that I think it is aimed at an audance with a small yard. I say this because the book spends a lot of time on each type of tree fruit disucssing how to train them into a cordon agaist the side of a building. It does talk about regular orcharding, but that doesn’t seem to be where its heart is at.