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The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic ViticultureThe Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture FoodsReclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture [Kindle Edition]

Lon Rombough
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Grapes are the most popular and widely grown fruit in the world. From the tropics to Alaska, grapes will grow successfully in almost every climate. Whether you raise them for fresh eating, or for making wine, juice, or jellies and preserves, the right grapes will reward you with abundant crops for a modest investment of time and effort.Now for the first time comes a book for grape growers who wish to use organic growing methods to raise healthy, thriving vineyards in the backyard or on a small commercial scale. The Grape Grower distills the broad knowledge and long-time personal experience of Lon Rombough, one of North America's foremost authorities on viticulture.From finding and preparing the right site for your vineyard to training, trellising, and pruning vines to growing new grapes from seeds and cuttings, The Grape Grower offers thorough and accessible information on all the basics. The chapters on grape species, varieties, and hybrids are alone worth the price of a college course in viticulture. Technical information on the major (and minor) insect pests and diseases that affect grapes, as well as their organic controls, makes this book an invaluable reference that readers will turn to again and again.Rombaugh also provides a wealth of information on hardy but little-known grapes that are native to North America, and on a wide range of topics, including:•pruning neglected or overgrown vines•growing grapes on arbors and in greenhouses•controlling animal pests in the vineyard•bunch grapes and muscadine grapes for the South•winter protection, and how to increase the hardiness of grapes•creating your own new varieties


Writer and nurseryman Lon Rombaugh writes a marvelously detailed guide to the cultivation of the grape. Organic methods are emphasized throughout, as well as cultivation matters ranging from siting a vineyard and developing healthy soil to the details of pruning and breeding. The book includes valuable and hard-to-find information on cold hardiness

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3447 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (23 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IRZGV8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #727,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to growing grapes in cold climates 15 Mar. 2013
By A. Kent
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It covers training, varieties, diseases & pests and how to deal with them, history and even grafting and breeding new varieties. It is very well written, but I have a few complaints - it is aimed at an audience for the east coast of America - their cold winters, their varieties (most of which aren't available here in Europe) and also my copy of the book was missing 5 pages.
But the pros outweigh the cons, it is a very good book and I recommend it to anyone wanting to grow grapes who wants to progress beyond amateur level.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars info for grapegrowers 31 Jan. 2009
this is a superb book for anyone who is trying to grow their own grapes and make their own wine. It is simply written and full of useful information.
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A truely in depth book covering all aspects of a grape growing in the US. Even thou all aspects do not need to taken up, It has provided food for thought. Excellent from
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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If you want to know about grape growing and organic viticulture, this is the bible!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and readable advice on growing grapes 7 Dec. 2002
By PuzzleGal - Published on
This is a practical guide that's a lot of fun to read. I read it cover-to-cover within a week. The focus is mostly on bunch table grapes and wine grapes, but there is some information on muscadines and grapes for cooking, juice, and raisins. The information on available cultivars is great. Hundreds of cultivars are described, along with their vigour, hardiness, disease susceptibility, and other useful info. The material on grape breeding is fascinating.
Although It's billed as a book on organic growing, the set of lists of organic options is probably the weakest material. We are in the midst of an explosion of organic methods. Rombough tries to be up-to-date, but that means including stuff that's too new to have a track record, and that he hasn't personally used. Also, despite his efforts, there will be yet newer stuff next year that isn't in this book.
On the other hand, his material on cultivation and pruning is excellent and timeless.  I've read about 8 sets of instructions about "how to prune grapes" and every other one says "do it this way".  That didn't work for me, because I wanted to train my vine over an ornamental arch.  This book says "here's the main goal, here are other goals you might have, and here's what you do to meet those various goals.  Now I know what I ought to in any situation, including my unusual one.
I also know that I may run into trouble because my growing area is too small, but at least I understand the issues, and should be able to make the best of what I have.
I recommend this book to the backyard grower, the small farmer, the aspiring grape breeder, and anyone who enjoys good horticultural books.
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Sour Grapes Here 10 April 2003
By Dr. Glenn R. Young - Published on
Rombough's text covers growing grapes very thoroughly. It is admittedly biased toward an organic approach, but does not omit comments for non-organic growers. The book is well organized and readable. Rombough presents interesting tidbits, anecdotes and views in shaded boxes, allowing the more experienced grower to skip around. The material is also organized so that a methodical reading results in a solid grounding in organic viticulture. Also included are rudiments for breeding grapes and a list of suppliers for materials mentioned in the text. As mentioned by another reviewer, this text is an especially welcoms addition for the non-California grower. For anyone wanting to do more than plant a single grapevine, this book is an excellent reference and will prove to be a benchmark for some time.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grape Grower by Lon Rombough 12 Jan. 2003
By Paul Downs - Published on
Finding a grape growing book that is not geared toward the conditions in California is a difficult thing to do but this book does just that. You will find information on growing grapes in those conditions for sure but also for growing in colder climates as well as the difficult conditions in the Southeastern US. The book talks at length about growing organicaly but doesn't preach. Even if you are not an organic grower there will be a lot of useful information to be found. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in growing grapes whether it is 1 vine or 10,000.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended highly for both organic and convention growers! 13 Dec. 2002
By Suzanne Teghtmeyer - Published on
This book provides a detailed explanation to the intricate science of growing grapes organically. The author utilizes many illustrations, photos, tables and graphs to enhance text descriptions of concepts. Organic growers have a harder time warding off insects, diseases, weeds, and mammals effectively. This book describes the theory as well as the integrated pest management techniques, making the reader a better all-around viticulturist. In addition, chapters describe many grape species and cultivars, propagating techniques, grafting methods, and grapevine physiology. I highly recommend this book for both organic and conventional grape growers.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 6 Dec. 2002
By Geoff Earl - Published on
I have a small backyard vineyard, and have read five books on growing grapes, "The Grape Grower" is the sixth. It has been more helpful than the others combined. If you are growing grapes or want to, buy this book! It is worth far more than its price. It is fun to read and a wonderful book.
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