A beautiful guide to growing delicious fruit in Pacific Northwest climates, complete with selection, planting, and organic care for more than 75 cultivars of berries and fruit trees, as well as 10+ master recipes with variations for preserving your bountiful harvest.
This complete guide to backyard fruit growing covers recommended varieties and climate info for the Pacific Northwest both west and east of the Cascades, ideal climates for growing berries and fruit trees. Also includes sidebars showcasing historical orchards, fruit enthusiast societies, gleaning organizations, and more. Includes several recommended cultivars of each of the following types of fruit:
-Berries: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi berries, plus less common berries such as lingonberries, elderberries, currants, gooseberries, jostaberries, and a section on wild berries.
-Fruit trees: apples, pears, Asian pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, plus less common fruit trees such as figs, persimmons, and quince.
Food writer Weaver (Orchard House) combines a horticultural guide and culinary treasure chest between the covers of one instructive book. Focusing on fruits and berries some common (strawberries, apples), other exotic (quince, lingonberries) the text runs through how to prepare jams, curds, and sauces while starting from the ground up, literally. Highlighting soil maintenance and plant placement, Weaver discusses planting, cultivating, and harvesting, all with an eye to creating preserves. "Unlike vegetable gardens that need to be weeded and watered, fruit trees spend a lot of time taking care of themselves," she notes, observing that with proper maintenance, these plants can easily thrive beyond the farmer's lifetime. The catch is, the book focuses on growing in particular regions of the Pacific Northwest where the damp winters and mild summers provide optimal fruit-growing conditions. This makes the book a must-have in those areas, and a non-must elsewhere. But farmers everywhere will learn and benefit from Weaver's wide scope of knowledge.