Friday, November 1, 2013

The Backyard Berry Book & The Backyard Orchardist by Stella Otto....Review & Giveaway!

Last Fall, my family and I moved into a new home. One of the things I fell in love with about it was the great bones for a lovely garden.  Our house is a very old house and very much a fixer upper but something about that really speaks to me.  So, my  husband and I are currently in the throes of what we call our "20 Year Project".  We are realists!  In any case, my husband takes care of most of the work inside, while I have been puttering around outside trying to figure out our gardens.  When I received two books by Stella Otto:  The Backyard Berry Book and The Backyard Orchardist, I was delighted.  A big part of what I want to do in my yard is to include fruits so these books were just what I needed to get started.  Let me  give you the details of both....
Both the garden novice and the more experienced "green-thumb" will harvest bushels of hands-on advice from an experienced grower and professional horticulturalist. The Backyard Berry Book provides what is needed for any gardener to successfully grow everything from raspberries to grapes, currants to kiwifruit. Highlights include detailed advice on:
- selecting the best varieties of fruit
- proper site selection and soil preparation
- planting and pruning
- environmentally responsible pest and disease control
- harvest and storage hints. 

Stella Otto is a gardening guru.  She gave me everything I needed to begin the plan for "small fruit" in my garden.  After reading the book, I felt prepared to make choices on what types of fruit I wanted to plant in my yard (blueberries and strawberries will likely work best for my situation).  I used Otto's detailed information about spacing, climate, plant needs and fruit bearing amounts to help me reach  my decision.  If I did not have this book I would have undoubtedly made decisions that would have been based on not enough information and would have likely resulted in disappointment when it came time for harvest.  This book will be a go to for me when it comes to gardening!

For every gardener desiring to add apples, pears, cherries, and other tree fruit to their landscape here are hints and solid information from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower. The Backyard Orchardist includes help on selecting the best fruit trees and information about each stage of growth and development, along with tips on harvest and storage of the fruit. Those with limited space will learn about growing dwarf fruit trees in containers.
Appendices include a fruit-growers monthly calendar, a trouble-shooting guide for reviving ailing trees, and a resource list of nurseries selling fruit trees.

For many of the same reasons that I really enjoyed The Backyard Berry Book, I enjoyed The Backyard Orchardist as well.  Stella Otto once again supplies every last detail to successfully planning fruit trees.  I am a total "newbie" at this but I feel very prepared to make choices after reading this book.  While, at heart, I would love to live in a huge space filled with fruit trees, my yard is not large so I have to make my choices based on that.  Otto gives detailed explanations, tips and illustrations for any yard size, including a section on growing trees in a container!  My final decision?  An apple tree for the yard and a dwarf peach tree for a container.  I can't wait!


I chose to review these two books together because, quite frankly, I think they are excellent companion books and would make a wonderful addition to your gardening library.  The pair would make a lovely housewarming gift as well.  You can pick up both books today on Amazon HERE.

I am so pleased to tell you that one lucky RBM reader will win a copy of both The Backyard Orchardist and The Backyard Berry Book by Stella Otto.  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck!
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49 comments:

sandyandcosmo said...

I would like to grow blackberries and peaches.

phxbne said...

strawberries and lemons

Christina Howell said...

I would love to have blackberries and plums.

Andrina Goetz said...

I want an orange tree.

Lambofgoth said...

We currently have some old, neglected apple trees in our orchard but I would love to replace some of the "beyond repair" trees with some different apples - I would love both Honeycrisp and Cortlands. A pear tree would be great too! As for berries, I would love some lingonberries!

sksweeps said...

I'd love a fig tree and strawberries
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Shelley P said...

I'd love some Marionberries and an apricot tree in my yard!

Gianna said...

Pomegranate tree and strawberries.

Anonymous said...

peaches and blueberries

www.stellaotto.com said...

Kristin, thank you so much for the wonderful reviews of my books. I'm so glad they are making your project fun & easy.

It's lots of fun to see the different fruits your readers are interested in. I hope you all will stop by and visit my website/blog The BackYard Fruit Gardener at http://stellaotto.com/ for lots more fruit related info - growing tips, recipes, and reviews of other helpful or interesting books.

Fruitful gardening!

Stella

Danielle Porter said...

I have blackberries and raspberries and a pomegranate tree! I would love to know how to make them grow better though!

wyguymom said...

I'd love raspberries and apples!

Nic said...

I'd love strawberries and peaches.

Stephanie Bourne said...

I would love to have blackberries and a peach tree.

Holly said...

raspberries and peaches!

freshsamanthaaa said...

I would love a peach tree and some raspberry bushes.

April M said...

A better question would be what types I don't want! My top picks would be an olallieberry and a low-chill apple or pear.

Renee G said...

I would love to have blueberries and peaches. I've tried raising both, but haven't had much luck.

Jane said...

would love a apple tree!

Lilith Katz said...

I would love blackberries and figs

Marci N said...

blackberries & apple trees

Debby Chandler said...

I love boysenberries and I would love to have a cherry tree.

walk9 said...

I would love to have a pear and apple tree and a fig tree too.

Ann Barham said...

I would love to have blueberries in the yard.

Anonymous said...

I'd love a Pear Tree.




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Laura Fugate said...

I have a small backyard orchard. I'd like to add more cherry trees. They grow so well here!

nostalgique said...

I don't really care for fruit trees - that's more of my husband's deal - but I love berries - preferably raspberries and blackberries.

john hutchens said...

I would love to have a peach tree , and lingonberries

helpful heather said...

a banana tree and strawberry!

Daniel M said...

blueberries and apple tree - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

tina reynolds said...

I would love having banana trees and strawberry vines

trichie said...

I have raspberries that grow and Hickory nuts

susan1215 said...

I would like to have blackberries and an apple tree

Linda said...

I would love to have a cherry tree and strawberry plants.
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Megan Nelson said...

strawberries and peach tree!

caseykelp said...

I would love to have a pear tree and a blackberry/elderberry patch.

Lisa Pecora said...

Strawberry and Apple Tree

mich0825 said...

I'd love to have a sapote tree.

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Angela Ash said...

I'd love to have blueberries and lemons. You can do so much with each!

Anonymous said...

Love strawberries,natbelinsky@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

We already have an apple tree & blueberry bush, plus raspberries & strawberries but I would love to add a plum tree

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bac1 said...

blueberries and apple trees

Anonymous said...

Lingonberries and a Fuji Apple tree!

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wen budro said...

I would love to grow blueberries and have a grapefruit tree in my yard. That would be super cool.

kathy pease said...

I have two apple trees in my yard but I would love to grow pears which I have no clue on that or if it is possible in Vt..For berries I would love to grow raspberries :)

Melinda said...

I would love to have huckleberries and a bing cherry tree.

James Coyne said...

i wish i had an apple tree

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Felicia said...

I would really love a lemon tree and peaches, thank you so much.

Brigette Streeper said...

I would love raspberries and plums!