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Growing Fruit (Royal Horticultural Society's Encyclopaedia of Practical Gardening) Paperback – 18 Mar 1999


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 3Rev Ed edition (18 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840001534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840001532
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry Baker was for many years Fruit Officer at RHS Wisley, where he presided over 16 acres of fruit. He is an Associate of Honour of the RHS, a member of the fruit and vegetable committee and one of the country's best-known fruit experts. He lives in Hampshire.

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Few gardeners will deny that one of the most rewarding aspects of gardening is growing and tasting freshly picked sun-warmed fruits. Read the first page
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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard J. Pickard VINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
I have found this to be an invaluable book which I have used together with the Fruit Expert by Dr Hessayon. The latter is in full colour and is probably a superior guide to choosing your fruit trees and bushes with descriptions, colour pictures and ratings of lots of varieties. The RHS book is aimed at the planting, pruning and care of your fruits once chosen (although it does have short descriptions of the more popular varieties but no pictures of them). This book is in black and white and one other colour but this doesn't really detract from the numerous beatiful drawings. It has comprehensive detail with illustrations on planting and long term care of your fruit trees/ bushes. In particular it has illustrations of pruning for each fruit and each year of growth of that fruit in each of the growing styles available (eg illustrations of how to prune maiden, 2yr, 3yr, 4yr old trees, cordons, fans, pyramids, espaliers for apples with different illustrations for each fruit covered). This scores significantly over the fruit expert book which is much more limited in this regard with very generalised pruning techniques which you have to try and extrapolate to different types of fruit and different years of growth.
In summary an excellent book once you have chosen which variety to plant.
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By hughes.d@bhwg.com on 9 May 2000
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The book is very well presented, with good pictures, photographs and text. Included are all the old favorites plus quite a few unusual or exotic fruits. The RHS get top marks for providing all the information that you will need to successfully grow fruit and presenting it in a very easy to understand way. Whether you are a beginner or a dedicated horticulturalist this book is definately one for the potting shed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dragon wolf on 9 Nov. 2009
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A clear,comprehensive guide to growing a variety of fruit.Easy to understand,useful for the beginner -like me.Straightforward language,diagrams.Not too long.Easy to find what you need.Expert advice too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joyce on 9 Aug. 2011
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This book has become my main source of help after having planted many young fruit trees, vines and bushes in a small town size garden March 09 and to see each one in bloom, how to pollinate, pruning to keep the trees small and I am beginning to understand their progression and this year 2011 thinning out fruit on the young trees so as not to overload them for first few years and knowing these fruit trees and bushes could supply fruit for about 100 years. The section on grapes has been great and very successful both outdoors and in greenhouse with root outside. Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sally Shenton on 19 Feb. 2011
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A very useful concise account of how to look after fruit. Easy to follow instructions with illustrations to guide pruning. Book suitable for all gardeners.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Macdonald on 6 Feb. 2011
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Good basic book, I haven't found myself wanting to read it cover to cover but it's a good reference book, I trust what it says, if you can only afford one general book on fruit growing you won't go wrong with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Callaghan on 14 Nov. 2011
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I've had this book out of the library so many times I decided it was time to buy. Covers all the basics of ground preparation, planting, growing, feeding,pruning and pests. Nicely laid out with explanatory text and diagrams
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DizzyLizzey on 19 Oct. 2011
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Great information, very interesting reading, hopefully now my fruit trees will now feel a lot better with a proper pruning usually its just cut this and hope for the best.
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