When you read Growing Fruit With a Smile
, you cannot resist a feeling that Kurdyumov is teaching some kind of ‘gardening magic’, reveals the ultimate secrets of mastering what people call a ‘green thumb’. And it’s not just because he shows you how to start an orchard without buying a single nursery tree; how to influence the taste of the fruit any way you like; how to grow five-pound pears; how to grow apricots in Zone 2; or how to train trees into stunning shapes without any pruning. There’s more to it. We tend to view growing fruit as hard work full of challenges: sweating to improve the soil, fighting drought and pests, trying to heal sunscald, then figuring out how to do proper pruning etc. And Kurdyumov shows us how to have more fruit with fewer trees, how to achieve amazing results with less effort — and all those color photos of the garlands of fruit show you his approach works! Ultimately you realize that there is nothing magical in that — it’s just that Kurdyumov offers genuine understanding where many other authors limit themselves to cookie-cutter instructions.
“One thing I love
in Kurdyumov’s books — says Series Editor Dr. Leo Sharashkin — is that he offers the real
holistic approach. He goes beyond such opposites as ‘conventional or organic’, ‘natural or unnatural’, ‘good or bad’, ‘right or wrong’. He’ll make you have a sincere appreciation for pests, clearly see limitations of the organic approach (and realize how to move beyond them), and how you can creatively apply everything you read to your particular conditions. I cannot think of another author who has reached such a clarity of vision and was able to articulate it is such a magnificent way.”
Another hallmark of Kurdyumov’s work is how he masterfully makes you feel part of the flow of life. He blurs the boundary between ‘you’ and ‘your orchard’ — you really feel like you can now understand trees from within
, like sentient living beings, and suddenly realize that what you discover about trees is equally true about yourself and our human condition. Imagine opening a book on fruit growing and suddenly reading between the lines answers to life questions you always had, and gaining the practical
insights that no self-help book could offer. Growing Fruit With A Smile
is a masterpiece like no other.
If you’ve read Kurdyumov’s Growing Vegetables With a Smile
, you already know that he’s a master of wrapping information in such a way that you assimilate it all effortlessly
— no matter how advanced the knowledge he presents. His extensive use of funny images (you’ll enjoy over 250 illustrations, including over 100 in full color!), conversational style, and cutting-edge teaching skills impart profound understanding by means of what feels like almost a thought transfer!
Dr. Leo: “I’ve read many gardening books and pored through shelves of scientific publications on fruit growing as part of my doctoral research in horticulture. Kurdyumov’s book has imparted to me the kind of core understanding that none of the other books have been able to impart. More importantly, I gained more practical
fruit growing skills from this book than from all the agronomy courses I took. If I had read it before planting my orchard, it would have saved me thousands
of dollars and years of trial and error.”
And here’s the final treat: you don’t have to wait for years before tasting your own apples or raspberries. Kurdyumov shares some tricks that allow you to obtain a wholesome harvest in the very first year
— and start getting ‘commercial-scale’ crops in the second to third year! And no super-favorable conditions required: he explains how to grow fruit successfully anywhere from the arid hot south to the far north with its minus-forty-degree winters. Yum!