Books

… About Fruit and Fruit Growing

perrypears-th-mediumPERRY PEARS
Rare & Heritage Fruit Cultivars #6Perry pears are cultivars selected for characteristics that make high quality perry. Some of these unique, historic cultivars have survived through the years and been rediscovered by enthusiastic brewers. We list some of them here, along with what is known of their history, description, flavour characteristics and a few sources for trees.
peaches-th-mediumPEACHES
Rare & Heritage Fruit Cultivars #8This handbook lists and describes around 230 heritage peach cultivars, to help you choose those you would prefer to grow. It gives fascinating insights into the world of peaches, and some surprising facts about this delicious queen of fruits.

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Rare & Heritage Fruit Cultivars #3Cider apples are cultivars selected for characteristics that make high quality cider. Early settlers sailed to new lands bringing these special fruits, thus distributing them across the globe. Some of these unique, historic cultivars have survived through the years and been rediscovered by enthusiastic brewers. We list some of them here, along with what is known of their history, description, flavour characteristics and a few sources for trees.
propagate-medium-thPROPAGATING FRUIT PLANTS
Rare & Heritage Fruit Growing #1Anyone can easily multiply their own rare and heritage fruit trees and shrubs for selling, sharing or growing their own mini-orchard. This handbook shows you how.
Covering such topics as propagation by seeds, suckers, layers, cuttings, eye-cuttings, root-cuttings and division, this book utilises the vast knowledge of 19th century writer David Alexander Crichton.

pests-medium-thPESTS AND DISEASES OF FRUIT TREES & SHRUBS
Rare & Heritage Fruit Growing #8Growing fruit in your own backyard or home orchard is a real pleasure. You can have access to in-season fruit picked fresh from the tree or shrub, with zero transport miles, rare and unusual varieties with a greater nutritional variety, and delicious fruit flavors all year round. Pests and diseases will inevitably appear at some point in the gardening year, but they need not spoil the enjoyment of growing your own food. There are many useful and chemical-free ways of managing them – including encouraging birds and ladybugs to come and eat the insect pests!
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Rare & Heritage Fruit Cultivars #13The taste of a tree-ripened, freshly-picked fig, is sublime. The fruit of the fig tree has been sought out and cultivated by man since ancient times, and is now widely grown throughout the temperate world, both for its fruit and as an ornamental plant. Hundreds of named fig cultivars now exist, but only a handful are commercially grown. Find out more about the amazing heirloom varieties within these pages.