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New Books
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Old Southern Apples: Revised and Expanded, A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts.
  Chelsea Green has republished Lee Calhoun's modern classic.  This book, perhaps more than any other, has helped stir up interest in preserving antique apples.  Calhoun wrote the book, in part, to counter a Northern bias in Downing's Fruits and Fruit Trees of America, 1845.  The strength of the text is the legwork behind it.  Calhoun and wife, Edith, logged hours and hours at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD in the early 90's poring over the library's collection of old nursery catalogs.  Another reason for the book's success may well be one of the intangibles behind it:  Calhoun is the great-great-grandson of South Carolina Senator, John C. Calhoun, whose passion for all things Southern is legendary.  Hardcover, 384 pages.  Lavishly illustrated with reprints of USDA watercolors$75.00

Grafting Fruit Trees – This is our favorite instructional bulletin on grafting, written some years ago by John Snyder, Extension Horticulturist, Wash. State University.  Excellent illustrations and photos.  The perfect resource if you're just looking to graft a few apples.  18 pages, paper.  $6.95

The Best Apples to Buy and Grow –   We are partial to this book, having contributed a chapter on the history of the apple in America.  It is published by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as part of the “Garden Guide” series.  Solid information with lots of color photographs (some from our collection).  120 pages, softcover.  $9.95

Apples - Writes one reviewer, “Yepsen’s watercolors are as crisp and lively as a Newtown Pippin.”   History, commentary, and descriptions of nearly 100 different apples.  A great coffee table book.  5”x 6”, 255 pages, $13.95

Apples for the 21st Century - Warren Manhart describes 50 new and old varieties from 30 years of evaluation and testing.  This book contains a wealth of information.  Larger font size for easy reading.  286 pages, hardcover, with color photos.  Used, like-new copies$42.50
The Apple Grower - Michael Phillips provides real solutions for organic growers, combining forgotten wisdom with the latest scientific knowledge.  A must-have book for the serious home orchardist.  242 pp., softcover.  $40.00


Build  Your Underground Cellar - The best way to have fresh apples when the snow is piled high.  Our callusing pit doubles as root cellar for us in the winter.  It's the best way to store apples.

Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables - Keeping fruit fresh can sometimes be a real challenge.  Here are helpful hints.

Controlling Garden Weeds -- Good how-to info for controlling weeds without pesticides.

Eggs and Chickens -- A fine booklet by garden writer, John Vivian, formerly of Mother Earth News.  Almost anyone can raise chickens.  We have twelve in our tiny back yard along with four Muscovy ducks.  Chickens are a great way to convert food scraps and lawn weeds into something you can eat for breakfast.  We even sell a few eggs to the neighbors. 
Food Drying Techniques – How to turn a mediocre apple into something delicious.      

Grafting Fruit Trees -  A basic primer on a variety of grafting techniques.

Grow the Best Blueberries – Helpful information on cultivating this often challenging fruit. 

Improving Your Soil - A short course on composting.

Jams, Jellies, and Preserves - A fine introduction to the art of “putting away.”

Making the Best Apple Cider - Explains one of the high pleasures of orcharding.

Used Books
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An intriguing history of books about fruit, from antiquity to the Industrial Revolution, including many beautiful engravings from key works. The relationship of pomology to social history and the history of ideas is explored, and there is a bibliography describing more than 600 fruit-related sources.  This copy ex-library with the usual stickers.  Like new, appears never to have been checked out. 

    Format: Hardback
    Pages: 439 pp.
    Book dimensions: 6 x 9 in. (230 x 150 mm.)
    Images: 139 b/w illustrations, 9 plates,
    ISBN-10: 0881923362
    Printed 1996
About the author: Fred Janson started the project that resulted in this book more than 20 years before the books publication.  He co-founded a network of fruit fanciers, the North American Fruit Explorers, which boosts 3,000 members.

The Grafters Handbook – The classic manual.  Covers every type of grafting imaginable.  Published 2000 by Cassel of England in association with the Royal Horticultural Society.  New copies are not currently available.  This good to very good used copy has a couple of smallish dog-ears in the Table of Contents; othewise clean and tight. 323 pages, softcover.  $55.00

Dwarfed Fruit Trees -- Macmillan, New York, 1964. First edition. Oversized hardcover, 562 pp. with index, bibliography. By Harold Bradford Tukey.  Illustrated with more than 150 photographs and drawings. A classic on the history and culture of dwarf trees.  "Background," "How Trees are Dwarfed," "Rootstocks," "Propagation," "Management of the Orchard," "Performance of Dwarf Trees," "Special Interests."  Good used copy.  If you want to understand dwarf trees, this is the text.  $65.00

The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America (1866) -- Downings classic work, first published in 1847.  One of the standard reference books for apple afficionados.  Over a thousand apples described...three hundred cherries...fifty currants...sixty gooseberries.  Line drawings throughout.  Also, a fine chapter on grafting.  This 1866 printing by John Wiley and Son is well-used; the front cover is split partly away from pages, and the spine is not even, but all still holding tight.  Clean text, perfect reading copy.  760 pp.  Orchard notes penciled onto the last page by a previous owner.  Back cover inscribed:  "F.L. Mulford, Book Bought 5 Mo 27th 1869."  $50.00

The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America  (1856) -- 14th edition, by Wiley & Halsted, New York .  Cover quite faded and worn, fabric splitting at front bend, corners bumped.  But a good clean copy, and solid enough for reading.  594 pp.  $75.00

Taylors Encyclopedia of Gardening --
Ever been stumped trying to I.D. a plant or understand a gardening term you've never heard before.  There are lots of books like this one on the market.  But this 1948 text is one of the handiest little garden books in my library.  Here you can learn about RANUNCULACEAE - which is "the buttercup or crowfoot family..." or discover that there are "four groups of raspberries, each with many varieties...grown in north America."  The articles are detailed and thorough, but not so long that they tire you.  Contains both common name entries and botanical Latin.  "Why an encyclopedia?" asks the preface, "Because plants and what we do with them never follow such an orderly sequence as the alphabet..."  A real jewel of a book.  Hardcover, good condition 1248 pp.  $35.00

Barry's Fruit Garden -- "One of the half-dozen outstanding American horticulturists of the nineteenth century who also wrote books was Patrick Barry...Barry's chief contrubution to horticultural literature...was The Fruit Garden, published in New York in 1851.  It ran through three editions under its original title and two under the name Barry's Fruit Garden, given it in 1883, the work having been greatly enlarged and revised.  Barry's book struck a new note in American horticultural literature in that the author followed Lindley in attempting to explain and illustrate the physiology of fruit trees in all the various operations of orcharding.  It had much to say about dwarfing trees and training them in formal shapes, long popular in Europe.  The fashion for these dwarf trees, the espaliers, the pyramids, and other forms common in the last half of the century, was fostered by this book."  --U.P. Hedrick in A History of Horticulture in America.  Dark green ribbed cloth over boards with title in gilt on spine. 5 x 7 1/2. 516 pages. Black & white illustrations. Spine leaning some. Light rubbing to cloth. Pages lightly yellowed with rusty paper-clip impression in top margin on a few, lower corner creased on five leaves. Good+. Binding tight. Pages generally clean.  Four sections: 1) General Principles, 2) The Nursery, 3) The Laying Out, Arrangement, and General Management of Permanent Plantations of Fruit Trees, Selection of Trees and Varieties, and Pruning and Conducting Trees Under Various Forms, and 4) Select Varieties of Fruits, Gathering and Preserving Fruits, Diseases, Insects, Implements in Common Use.   Wonderful book.  $50.00

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