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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Getting StartedChapter OneThe Orchard EcosystemForest-Edge EcologyWorking with Orchard BiologyHolistic HealthChapter TwoOrchard DesignKeeping Life ReasonableTree PracticalitiesPermaculture PrinciplesThe Buzz on BiodiversityChapter ThreeOrchard HorticultureChoice of VarietyRootstockGraftingPlanting CareSoil FertilityTree DoingsPruning OverviewPollinationThinning the CropChapter FourOrchard DynamicsOrganic Health ManagementBugs and More BugsHolistic Approach to DiseaseDeer and Other Uninvited GuestsGearing UpChapter FivePome FruitsApplesPearsAsian PearsQuinceChapter SixStone FruitsCherriesPeachesNectarinesApricotsPlumsChapter SevenBerriesBrambleBush FruitsShrub FruitsChapter EightThe Orchard YearHolistic CompendiumParting WordsAppendicesOrchard ResourcesHelpful WebsitesRecommended BooksFruit NetworksNotesGlossaryBibliographyIndexAbout the Author
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The Orchard EcosystemForest-edge ecology defines where fruit trees want to grow. Berries by their woodsy nature want the very same ecosystem advantages. So we begin here, with the perspective of the plant, not the human.Orchardists have the choice to honor tree wisdom or not. The means required to produce a reasonable fruit crop will be determined on the basis of this decision: Are numerous spray medicines going to be required to make up for not honoring how Nature works? Tree health is integrally tied to soil health, which in turn flourishes with the health and diversity of biological organisms in the soil. These dynamics lie at the core of an orchard ecosystem, whether we are talking about a multi-acre commercial orchard or the trees and berries you've chosen to grow in your yard. Next we enter the fascinating realm of biodiversity that makes up the potentially seen portion of the place we call home: the flowers and herbs nearby, the bees and butterflies, flavored root ground, all sorts of beneficial fungi, an even my friends the chickadees. All are players in the growing of fruit. All very much hope you will choose biological priorities over expedience.