The Fruit Tree Handbook
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About the Author
Ben Pike is an orchard consultant and writer, and is head gardener on the Sharpham Estate in Devon, where he looks after the walled fruit and vegetable garden as well as two orchards containing 150 fruit trees. In his spare time he helps to run Orchard Link, an organisation that supports orchard owners and the preservation of old orchards. There is nothing he loves more at weekends than to run old apple presses.
"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
"If you've ever thought about turning an unproductive grassy area into an orchard and then quietly filed it away under 'wouldn't know where to start', it may be time for a rethink. The Fruit Tree Handbook is fairly hefty for a paperback but fruit growing is a big topic and deserves the space. All too often 'top fruit' [apples, pears, plums etc] is relegated to a couple of chapters in a general fruit book, losing out to the easy virtues of strawberries and other soft fruit. Given such cramped conditions, it's small wonder that people get confused about pollination so a well-written specialist book like this one is a welcome addition to my bookshelf."--The Ecologist
"No matter how small your garden, if you want to grow fruit, this guide will help you on your way with excellent photos and clear diagrams."--Dobies of Devon
"Whether you are planting a few trees in your garden or 50 trees in a field, you will find all you need to know to design and manage your own orchard."--Devon Country 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
"An excellent book. Full of all sorts of useful information for lovers of fruit trees, from, lovely pictures and clear illustrations. It is beautifully laid out, simple to follow and good and accurate to read. Congratulations to you, Ben Pike and Green Books for a first rate book."--Dorset Cider Blog
"Brilliant work, beautifully presented."--Allotment Blog
"A must for anyone considering anything from a couple of trees to an orchard." --Mark Diacono, author, "A Taste of the Unexpected"
A must for anyone considering anything from a couple of trees to an orchard. Mark Diacono, author, "A Taste of the Unexpected""