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The Fruit Tree Handbook

The Fruit Tree Handbook [Kindle Edition]

Ben Pike
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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You'll need an extra season to make best use of all the advice contained in this comprehensive, practical book. It will help you to choose your fruit trees and rootstocks, situate your orchard, prune your trees and keep them healthy. It is bursting with well-illustrated guidance, generously given from someone who knows orchards and cares about the wildlife that they can support. --Sue Clifford & Angela King - Common Ground

The Fruit Tree Handbook is a really well-organised, approachable yet thorough guide to sourcing, planting and caring for fruit trees. It's a must for anyone considering anything from a couple of trees to an orchard. --Mark Diacono - River Cottage Head Gardener

At last! A book about growing fruit with an organic approach, written for British conditions and with home fruit growers rather than professionals in mind. To my knowledge it s the first book that ticks all three boxes but, just as important, it s very good. --Patrick Whitefield - Permaculture Magazine

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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. The book describes all the pest and disease problems you may encounter and advises on how to deal with them. It explains about choosing rootstocks and suitable varieties for your needs, and illuminates the mysteries of pruning with step-by-step instructions and detailed diagrams. It features beautiful 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 a few trees in your garden or 50 trees in a field, this book provides the expert guidance you need to look after your trees; and be rewarded with basketfuls of luscious fruit at harvest time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9751 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

For the past six years,Ben has been head gardener at Sharpham House, near Totnes. There he looks after a walled fruit and vegetable garden as well as two orchards containing 150 fruit trees. Ben also mentors volunteers who come to work in the gardens and he enjoys passing his knowledge and enthusiasm on to young people interested in horticulture. Through Ben's work and interest in orchards, he has become very involved with Orchard Link and for many years has been their horticultural advisor and has run courses on orchard management.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and brilliant book 8 Nov 2011
By Gigfy
You may have other gardening books but this is so detailed and comprehensive for fruit trees its a must have, great value
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fruit Tree Handbook Review 8 Dec 2011
An excellent book, very informative. i consider myself to be a novice, but find the explanations of quite complex ideas such as rootstock choice and polination partners explained clearly and concisely.
i would reccomend this to others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent comprehensive guide 8 Feb 2013
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I'm absolutely delighted with the fruit tree handbook! I am restoring a 12 acre plum orchard on Scotland and grafting new plum, apple and pear trees for it, so I have been speculatively buying books on the subject for some time and have been reasonably disappointed with their content - they tend toward either watered-down beginner guides or stodgy great lumps of text. This book was a revelation! I Not only is it produced to a really high quality with full-colour photos and diagrams but the material is comprehensive and well written. Sections on orchard layout, pruning, pest control and recommended varieties are geared to suit everyone from gardeners who want to plant a couple of trees to someone like me who has a bigger acreage in mind and there is a section specifically for community orchards. I particularly like the sequential training diagrams for growing espaliers, cordons, step-overs and the like. Ben Pike should be very proud of his efforts in his first book. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in growing top fruit on any scale. Really excellent!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really helpful book 7 Feb 2012
By Mungo
We met the author at Brogdale Farm's apple weekend and bought his book after finding him really helpful and informative in conversation. His book is just as helpful and we have learned such a lot we didn't know. We didn't even know about polination or choosing the right rootstock.

This is the best fruit tree book we have ever found and it is just right if you are beginners like we are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 9 May 2013
By bugsy
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Love it keep picking it up cant put it down love it all you need to no everything you need about fruit m. burgham
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first KIndle ref book. 6 Sep 2013
By Ieuan
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It is ful of information showing me where I had gone wrong and all being well will hold me in good stead for next season. I like it very much is well written and nicely presented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fruit Book 14 Aug 2013
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This book was recommended to me by a professional fruit tree nurseryman and it provides all the information and guidance that an "amateur" fruit grower planting a small orchard could possibly need
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must' for anyone involved with fruit trees 17 July 2013
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Whether you have one tree or many this has to be a reference book to have. An easy style of writing together with good illustrations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent resource. Just what I need to manage my fruit trees
Published 12 days ago by June Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars it helps a lot
it helps a lot
Published 17 days ago by Mr. John D. Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of advice contained in this book.
I purchased this as a gift for my husband. He is always reading
it and checking out the information. A very good buy.
Published 1 month ago by silverlady
5.0 out of 5 stars great read and very informative
this book has bridged the gap between reference and readable pleasure book. i thoroughly recommend. I already have to friends!
Published 5 months ago by Livy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Super quick delivery on amazon prime- great
excellent book, gives advice on how to choose trees, rootstocks etc. Read more
Published 5 months ago by FB
5.0 out of 5 stars A very solid starting point for anyone thinking of planting fruit...
One of those books that you know is the right thing to buy when embarking on a new project. Well laid out and very clear - full of sensible hints and advice as well as being a good... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Woodwind
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is an old favourite of mine, and give it as a present upon occasion. It is a first-class reference book, and much appreciated by recipients
Published 10 months ago by oscar
1.0 out of 5 stars What a rubbish book!
This publication is very poor indeed. It should be withdrawn from sale As a fruit expert it has many inconsistencies, referring to many Chapters that are not in book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by malcolm withnall
4.0 out of 5 stars My brother-in-law 'saw the film' and now he's got the book!
Bought him a variety of fruit trees for Christmas. He planted them properly and now they are blossoming. Next they'll be bearing fruit. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Poppy Quartermaine
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