|Perry pears at Oliver's Cider|
Phillips' book, like the other two mentioned above, works on filling in the details I crave while giving me sound advice and instruction on how to work in partnership with those forces to grow good fruit. With the exception of a potted blueberry, I don't grow fruit, but I still found plenty of good information there to apply to my vegetables. Take a look at my review over at Permaculture Magazine to get more of my thoughts on the book, and then pick up a copy. (And consider subscribing to Permaculture Magazine, too. Great stuff there!) Orchard or no orchard, you won't regret it.
Photo Note: Taken during our trip last September to England. We took a day to help pick perry pears at Oliver's Cider after meeting them at the Ludlow Food Festival. What a glorious day it was to be out in real autumn again with friends new and old with a sip or two of perry at the end.