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Hardy Apples: Growing Apples in Cold Climates

Firefly Mar. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780228103189. $35. REF
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Canadian farmer Osborne (Hardy Roses) condenses more than 40 years of experience nurturing apple cultivars into this book covering everything from ancient apple seeds to the art and science of grafting, as well as site planning, soil, pests and diseases, and harvesting. He offers details on more than 90 cultivars, with notes on each fruit’s size, shape, flavor, and uses (cooking, cider), accompanied by Powning’s photos of trees and mature fruit. Also useful: maps of plant hardiness zones and the ability to cross-reference apple cultivars by name or trait.
VERDICT Practical for Northern Hemisphere libraries, with mouth-watering, often amusing descriptions that will have readers everywhere sourcing Ambrosia apples and Granite Beauties.
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