Over on sister site Eat Drink Better, Heather Carr recently reviewed The Home Orchard: A Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Fruit Trees Anywhere, which she said “really is a complete guide to growing your own fruit trees anywhere.” Sounds good! Here’s more from Heather:
The book starts with the basics: space, light, air circulation, soil, drainage, and even microclimates are considered. The authors recognize that many people have little space or no space at all for fruit trees and they offer a variety of solutions for fitting fruit trees into the available places. Hedgerows for those with small backyards, raised beds for those with compacted soils or no soil, and container planting (with instructions) are just some of the solutions.
The chapter on plant selection goes through how to select a tree for your area and particular site. Another chapter goes into detail on how to plant the tree to give it the best start. Irrigation and fertilization get a chapter of their own. In each of those chapters, small space gardening gets equal time with larger spaces.
To read a bit more before going out (i.e. to Amazon.com) and buying a copy today, check out the full piece: The Home Orchard Handbook: A Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Fruit Trees Anywhere.