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From Tree To Table: Growing Backyard Fruit Trees In The Pacific Maritime Climate

How to grow fruit successfully for overcast climates.FROM TREE TO TABLE celebrates the satisfaction that comes from planting and enjoying fruit trees in the maritime Pacific region. It s a collaboration between the authors and amateur gardeners, horticultural experts, and dedicated chefs from up and down the West Coast. The result is a charming and accessible guide for local plant and food lovers that dispels the myth that gardeners in sun-challenged climes can never find happiness with fruit trees!With advice that is suitable from drizzly Seattle backyards and frosty Portland burbs to often-sunny Marin or foggy Richmond, the authors offer both anecdotal and expert advice for raising everything from apples to plums, lemons to figs, and much more in some of the most difficult conditions heavy soils, foggy and rainy weather, cool summers, and relatively mild winters. In addition to describing growing, planting, and pruning tips in each fruit-specific chapter, FROM TREE TO TABLE features recipes from the West Coast's best and brightest chefs, including San Francisco's Tom McNaughton, Portland's Gabriel Rucker, and Seattle s Ethan Stowell. Readers will discover that it takes little technical know-how, minimal upkeep, and very little space to participate actively in the sustainability solution. After all, what could be more local and enduring than fresh apricots or Fuyu persimmons from a backyard tree that can feed generations to come?

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Mountaineers Books (October 3, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1594855188

ISBN-13: 978-1594855184

Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #126,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #8 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Region > Pacific Northwest #29 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Trees #48 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > Fruit

A friend gave me this book along with the gift of a baby fig tree. She knew I was a beginning gardener who would need help to successfully raise and nurture the little sprout of a tree. I was a little nervous because I've always found gardening books to be boring and confusing. This one is different!I was immediately drawn in by the friendly tone and helpful explanations. Even more important, the authors make it clear that growing backyard fruit trees isn't rocket science. Even pruning (which I'd always assumed was hard and scary) is made simple and understandable.There are charming anecdotes and illustrations in the book that add to the informative content. While the tone is warm and friendly, the important information is all there too.Reading and referring to From Tree to Table: Growing Backyard Fruit Trees in the Pacific Maritime Climate is like a visit with a good friend who just happens to be a wise and experienced gardener who can answer your questions and give gardening advice while sharing a pot of tea on the deck.

From Tree to Table is a delightfully helpful book. It's like chatting over the backyard fence with a wonderful neighbor who's happy to share her bountiful wisdom about growing fruit trees. Besides providing you with lots of advice about things like non-toxic ways to deter pests and the best strategies for pruning, the authors' sheer enthusiasm for making your garden bear fruit is so infectious it made me eager to get out there in the yard and give it a try. I've always had an urge to make my garden yield more than pretty flowers. This book finally turned my urge into a reality. I think I'll practice cooking some of the recipes in the book (using farmers' market fruit) while I'm waiting for my own trees to become fruitful. But the nice thing about persimmons, plums, and apples is you don't need to be a great cook to enjoy them, they're fantastic right off the tree. Thanks Barbara and Mary!

If you live on the best coast you're thinking of planting a few new trees, who not plant trees that bear fruit? Why not create a small personal orchard in your little slice of the world? From Tree to Table can guide you through everything you need to know to grow healthy trees and delicious fruit. This book is practical and entertainingly written. Although all the choices of tree may seem overwhelming, once you realize you might not be able to grow avocado and diligently select a tree variety or two that work in your climate zone (all very well explained in the book), this book will give you all you need to know, through every step of the process. From gettin' them in the ground to plucking them off the branches. And, hey, there are even recipes from an assortment of amazing chefs cooking/working along the west coast so you can actually try and use all your fruit.But remember the advice given in the conclusion of the book. Concise gardening wisdom.

This books is a practical guide to growing fruit trees especially in the East Bay region of San Francisco Bay. I have given this book to several people as a gift, and all have appreciated it. You will enjoy it, and you will use it!

Excellent cookbook for people who want to grow their own food and live healthily in the PNW

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