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Book review: Organic Fruit Growing

Organic Fruit Growing by Annette McFarlane.
Organic Fruit Growing by Annette McFarlane.

ORGANIC FRUIT GROWING

Author: Annette McFarlane

Publisher: ABC Books

RRP: $35

HERE'S a complete guide to growing organic fruit all year round. In a companion book to her enduring classic, Organic Vegetable Gardening, and Successful Gardening in Warm Climates, Annette McFarlane makes fruit growing easy with advice on soil preparation and drainage, water wise strategies, planting and propagation, and coping with weather variations including drought tolerance.

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Complemented by beautiful colour photographs, her book profiles 60 shrubs, vines and trees, including many unusual fruits such as granadilla, carambola and longan. Location and climate are considered, as well as any potential problems like pests and diseases. There are hints and tips on propagating your own fruit trees via seed, grafting or cuttings as well as detailing the different varieties suitable for your backyard.

How do you know your jackfruit is about to ripen? Animals like goats and cattle will stand under it, waiting for the fruit to fall. Grapefruit can affect blood pressure and other medications. If on drugs, check with your doctor before eating them. There are about 500 varieties of apples. This and many other "Did you know?" facts are dotted throughout the book.

From grafting to planting in tubs, to heirloom varieties, here is a complete companion to fruit growing.

Finally, a recipe section tells you how to use your bountiful harvest and includes olive and nut tapenade, green pawpaw salad, mulberry sponge pudding, honey glazed figs, fruit ice-cream and much more.

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