The Berry Grower's Companion

The Berry Grower's Companion

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Former professor of horticulture at Pennsylvania State U. and avowed small fruit enthusiast offers a charming, personable, and information- packed book on strawberries, brambles, blueberries, grapes, and an array of minor crops from currants to kiwis. Especially nice is the detailed cultivation and training information, the regional cultivar recommendations, and the author's "digressions" which cover fascinating facts about such matters as mycorrhizae, raisin production, and the effect of sunshine on fruit. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
Bowling uses her twenty years of personal experience and professional expertise to illuminate the art and science of growing strawberries, brambles (including raspberries and blackberries), blueberries, grapes, and a host of minor small fruits such as kiwi, currants, and gooseberries.
A chapter is devoted to each of the main berry types and includes cultural requirements, botanical traits, the history of the plant in cultivation and in commerce, appropriate cultivars for each region of the United States, and pest and disease considerations. Because berry fruits are all too often ignored for their aesthetic and practical benefits, Bowling includes a chapter on their contributions to the garden landscape.
Full of good humor and infectious enthusiasm, Bowling discusses practical considerations (What soils do the plants require? Which cultivars are best for a given site?) as well as philosophical concerns (What can we learn by growing food crops? What approach should we take with regard to pesticide use?).

Publisher: Portland, Ore. : Timber Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780881924893
Branch Call Number: 634.7 BOW
Characteristics: 284 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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