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Fruitful Gifts for the Gardener
As cold winter winds blow outside, warm the air inside your home with the sweet smell of spiced cider and the bounty of apples and pears from the recent harvest. The smell is even sweeter if the fruit came from your very own garden! For those pondering the perfect gift to encourage any green thumb this holiday season--or to drop a few helpful hints for yourself--consider one of the following combinations.
For everything one needs to know to start, or more easily tend, a fruit garden, try this award winning pair: The Backyard Orchardist: A complete guide to growing fruit trees in the home garden and The Backyard Berry Book: A hands-on guide to growing berries, brambles, & vine fruit in the home garden, both by Stella Otto.
A gift certificate for berry plants or some fruit trees, paired with one of Stella Otto's books will give gardeners an extra special reason to look forward to spring's return and give them a jump start on planting season.
If an existing fruit garden needs a little sprucing up, winter is the perfect time to tackle the job. With no leaves on the branches or vines, pruning is easier. New pruning shears and clear instructions in The Backyard Berry Book will soon have any grape arbor or berry bush in picture perfect form. Or how about a handy pole saw and a copy of The Backyard Orchardist to help restore that fruit tree in the back corner of the lot? You could also pair either book with a trickle irrigation kit to keep the crop well watered; tree guards, inflatable bird scare eyes, or deer repellent spray to keep hungry critters at bay; or a fruit picking bag, berry bush netting, or berry flats to ensure an easy harvest.
Order your copy today!
Happy holidays, fruitful gardening, and bon appetit!
Adapted from the Backyard Orchardist: A complete guide to growing fruit trees in the home garden by Stella Otto. As a horticulturist with over 20 years of experience growing all types of fruit, Ms. Otto offers practical advice to home gardeners of all levels. As an award winning author, Otto has appeared on the Discovery Channel and written fruit gardening article for numerous national magazines.
Sources for other fruit gardening products are available from OttoGraphics at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stella Otto has appeared on Discovery Channelís Home Matters, shares tips on "Getting Started in Berry Gardening."
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Kate Bandos at KSB Promotions
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Guest interview - National Public Radio
The Cultivated Gardener, February & June 2000
St. Joseph (MO) News Press, May 2000
Leelanau (MI) Enterprise, August 2000
Benjamin Franklin Award Winner
Garden columnist for Northern Home
Garden Book Club and Organic Gardening Book Club Alternate Selections
Feature excerpt of the Backyard Berry Book in Country Journal magazine
Guest appearances on Discovery Channel's Home Matters, demonstrating landscaping creatively with fruit.
Feature articles in magazines including Kitchen Garden, New Garden Journal, Traditional Gardening
Acres USA, and Burpee Home Gardener
Enthusiastically recommended by syndicated garden columns, newsletters, and trade publications including American Homestyle & Garden, Booklist, Bloomsbury Review, and Old Farmers Almanac: Gardener's Companion
Looking for a ready-made article on fruit gardening to use free of charge? The following are adapted from The Backyard Orchardist and are available for your use when accompanied by the credit line found below. Just email author Stella Otto at email@example.com with your request. Rather create your own feature piece? Stella Otto is also available for interviews.
Thinning for Larger Fruit -The secret to county fair prize-winning apples and peaches. (340 words) Thinning is done May-July, depending on growing zone.
June Drop - What is this phenomenon that catches novice tree fruit growers off guard? Could make a good side bar. (260 or 200 word versions)
Wildlife - The other fruit garden pests and what to do about them. (565 words)
Hunt for the Perfect Fruit Tree - Success in the hunt for a fruit tree that suits your needs.. Includes offer for free nursery list. (600 words)
How to Prune the Backyard Fruit Tree - Tips for making this important activity easy and fast. (460 words)
When to Prune the Backyard Fruit Tree - Timing your pruning to achieve the results you desire; rejuvenation, size containment, easier tree management, and more reliable bearing. (620 words)
Harvest Tips - Enjoy the best from your berry bushes and fruit trees. (480 words)
Fall Fruit Recipes - Not directly from the book, but could be paired with Harvest Tips above, to give a wider appeal. (482 words)
Fruitful Gifts - Unique seasonal gift combination ideas for your favorite gardener. (540 words) Perfect for holiday gift features.
Credit to accompany any of the above articles:
Adapted from the Backyard Orchardist: A complete guide to growing fruit trees in the home garden by Stella Otto. As a horticulturist with over 20 years of experience growing all types of fruit, Ms. Otto offers practical advice to home gardeners of all levels. As an award winning author, Otto has appeared on the Discovery Channel and written fruit gardening article for numerous national magazines. Copies of the Backyard Orchardist and its companion the Backyard Berry Book: A hands-on guide to growing berries, brambles, and vine fruit in the home garden are available from online at www.chelseagreen.com, at bookstores nationwide, or from OttoGraphics, 8082 Maple City Rd., Maple City, MI 49664.