The Biodynamic Orchard Book

Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer and Michael Maltas

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  • New combined edition of two classic books on biodynamic orchard management
  • Covers all aspects of biodynamic fruit tree cultivation, from tree selection and planting to pruning and pest control
  • Includes a month-by-month spraying schedule for orchards which gives information on specific methods and controls

Brings together the best advice for cultivating fruit trees using biodynamic methods, to produce healthy pesticide-free fruit.

Format:
paperback
Size:
216 x 138 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Biodynamics & Organics
Extent:
104 pages
ISBN:
9781782500018
Publication date:
19 Sep 2013

Description

This book brings together the best advice for cultivating fruit trees, berries and shrubs using biodynamic methods, with the aim of harvesting healthy fruit free of pesticides.

Ehrenfried Pfeiffer discusses the principles of tree biology before describing the measures that can be taken to develop a pest-free orchard without the use of chemicals, including soil preparation, the selection of trees for planting, issues of transplanting and pruning, the application of pastes, green cover crops, and pest control.

Michael Maltas ran fruit tree experiments on his biodynamic farm in Missouri for four years. The results are recorded in a highly practical annual spraying schedule for orchards, which is reproduced in this book. A month-by-month calendar gives information on specific methods and controls, based on Maltas's extensive experience.

This is an invaluable book with practical advice on all aspects of planning and maintaining a healthy orchard.

This is a thoroughly revised and updated combined edition of 'Biodynamic Treatment of Fruit Trees, Berries and Shrubs' by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer and 'Orchard Pest Management and Spray Schedule' by Michael Maltas.

Published in association with the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association of North America.

Author

Ehrenfried Pfeiffer (1899-1961) was born in Munich. He visited the USA several times in the 1930s, was awarded a doctorate for his groundbreaking Sensitive Crystallisation theory as a blood test for detecting cancer, and emigrated there in 1940. He pioneered biodynamic agriculture in the USA and helped found the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association. He died in Spring Valley, New York.

Michael Maltas was born in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) in 1950. He studied science at Cape Town University, and then biodynamics at Emerson College in the UK. He moved to the USA and managed a biodynamic dairy farm in Missouri where he set up experiments to measure the effects of biodynamics on fruit trees. He later worked at the Fetzer vineyards in California. He still designs biodynamic gardens, and lives in Ukiah, California.

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