The Apple Grower

The Apple Grower

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For decades fruit growers have sprayed their trees with toxic chemicals in an attempt to control a range of insect and fungal pests. Yet it is possible to grow apples responsibly, by applying the intuitive knowledge of our great-grandparents with the fruits of modern scientific research and innovation. Since The Apple Grower first appeared in 1998, orchardist Michael Phillips has continued his research with apples, which have been called qorganic's final frontier.q In this new edition of his widely acclaimed work, Phillips delves even deeper into the mysteries of growing good fruit with minimal inputs. Some of the cuttingedge topics he explores include: The use of kaolin clay as an effective strategy against curculio and borers, as well as its limitations Creating a diverse, healthy orchard ecosystem through understory management of plants, nutrients, and beneficial microorganisms How to make a small apple business viable by focusing on heritage and regional varieties, value-added products, and the qcommunity orchardq model The author's personal voice and clear-eyed advice have already made The Apple Grower a classic among small-scale growers and home orchardists. In fact, anyone serious about succeeding with apples needs to have this updated edition on their bookshelf.You need to be familiar with soil amendments and foliar spraysa€”and their approximate cost per acrea€”to make the best choice ... Seaweed extract also supplies many chelated trace elements as a regular addition in the spray tank. Leaf analysis may reveal a particular shortcoming that can be remedied by either a granular application to the soil or a specific foliar spray. ... to iron, zinc, manganese, and copper; rates vary from 12 to 48 ounces per acre depending on leaf tissue analysis.

Title:The Apple Grower
Author:Michael Phillips
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing - 2005-11-30


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