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8 forms of capital agroforestry apples beans bees beneficial berries biodigester blackberries blackthorn book review brain budget build building campesino capital Celtic festivals change changes chemical-free chickens circular clay pot climate change climate solutions climbing cob comfrey community compost compost teas connection consciousness conservation cooking coppice coppicing cordial cosmology crafts crisis cultural emergence culture cycles design diary diversity DIY do it yourself earth care Earth's energy economics ecopoetry ecosystem edges education efficiency elements energy ethics fair shares Fairtrade farming feedback feminine ferns figs firewood flowers food food forest forage foraging forest garden forest gardening fruit fruit trees future future care gardening garlic gift economy gin global poverty grapes greenhouse grow grow your own growing guilds habitat harvest harvests hazel hazelnut health healthy soil hedging herbs holistic planned grazing home homestead Hugelkultur humanure IBC tanks Indigenous inexpensive influence jam land landscape life livelihood livestock logs low cost market garden market gardening marmalade mass heater medicinal microbes mimic mindset mitigation money moringa Mother Earth multifunctional mushrooms native plants natural natural building natural fertiliser natural skincare natural swimming pool nature nitrogen no dig no-dig nutrition nuts observe off-grid orchard orchards organic outdoor shower oven oyster pallets pasture-fed patterns people people care perennials permaculture permaculture design permaculture magazine award permaculutre pests pips pizza oven plant profile plants pollinators polyculture polycultures preserving principles propagating pruning psycho-spiritual awareness psychospiritual transformation rainwater raspberries recipe recipes reduce reed beds regenerative agriculture relative location relative matter renewable renewable energy resources reuse revolution rootstock rootstocks roundhouse roundwood runner beans Scotland seasons Sepp Holzer september septic tanks sewage treatment shrubs skincare sloes slugs small solutions small-scale smallholding social justice soil health solar solutions spiritual spring stacking functions straw straw bale sustainable systems temperate terraces thistles timber timber framing toolkit tools trees upcycle urban vegan vermicomposting walnuts waste watering weeds wellbeing wetland wild food wildlife wings winter salads wood stove woodburner woodland woodland management woodlands worms year-round food yield zoning

The Orchard Book

Wade Muggleton
Wade Muggleton’s book is an invaluable guide for current or aspiring orchardists, as well as fruit lovers anywhere in town or country.

This is a fantastic all round introduction to orchards, packed with guidance on all subjects you might ask about when planning or managing an orchard. Full of orchard lore and common sense advice, it’s practical, easy to follow and a joy to read, covering orchards of any size from small back gardens to field size.

Throughout the book, Wade stresses the value of observation before planting and over the lifetime of the trees. The main section opens with six key questions that will help you shape your orchard. Space is given to discussing what tree size, spacing and layout to choose, where to source trees and how to give them the best possible start in life. The planting section thoroughly covers ground preparation, planting and weed control.

The book is full of great advice on orchard maintenance with tips on shaping trees and keeping them healthy, including recommendations on grass management and pruning. To manage grass Wade favours grazing with sheep. I’m more of a scythe fan myself and find mowing with them a great way to keep the orchard in good shape, but our orchard isn’t all that big and I see good sense in his preference for animal power for larger sites.

Another section covers how to deal with the abundance a healthy orchard will eventually produce. You can stretch the fruit season through storing, processing and fermenting apples and their juice.

Wade’s great love and experience of fruit growing drew me in. The many examples drawn from his own back garden and field orchard bring the different subjects to life and his clear explanations make orcharding seem possible for anyone willing to give it a go.

Wade Muggleton’s book is an invaluable guide for current or aspiring orchardists, as well as fruit lovers anywhere in town or country.

Further Resources

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How to Plan and Plant your own Orchard

How to Grow Fruit Trees in Small Spaces

About the Author

Tomas Remiarz has been involved in creating and maintaining forest gardens across the UK and Europe for nearly 20 years.