Books by Lee Reich
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(2021, New Society Publishers)
Growing Figs in Cold Climates is a complete, full-color, illustrated guide to organic methods for growing delicious figs in cold climates. Here are five methods, some pruning techniques, and suitable varieties for making this possible across cool and cold growing zones of North America, Europe, and beyond. Also some ideas for small-scale, commercial fig production in cold climates.
A fresh fig is a soft and juicy fruit, with a honey-sweet, rich flavor. And very perishable, so is picked underripe commercially, which is why fresh figs from the market never develop full flavor. If you already grow figs, this book will help you grow better or more figs, or be able to manage them more easily. If you haven’t yet experienced the rewards of growing figs, you have a treat in store for you. Easy and delicious!
Softcover, 115 pages. - 24.99
Turning conventional wisdom on its head, this book shows how to garden like Mother Nature, offering a system that's good for plants and good for people. Eschewing the yearly digging up and working over the soil, WEEDLESS GARDENING is an easy-to-follow, low-impact approach to planting and maintaining a flower garden, a vegetable garden, trees, and shrubs naturally. Say good-bye to backaches and weed problems. Illustrated. Roger Swain (Host of The Victory Garden) says: "The deepest wisdom gardening has to offer. Do as Lee Reich says. Pay attention to the top few inches of soil and nature will take care of the rest."
Softcover, 195 pages - $10.95
(2nd Edition, Taunton Press, 2010)
The lively text, abundant photographs, and clear drawings of this book make pruning any plant easy. This book walks you through the basics of pruning in a clear, step-by-step approach and then details how to prune everything from ornamental bushes to trees, vines, fruits, and houseplants. Guidelines for pruning hundreds of species, from tropical to cold-climate plants, are included. A section on specialized pruning techniques covers espalier, topiary, bonsai, and pollarding. For both beginning and advanced gardeners.
This second edition is completely revised and updated, incorporating my own experiences and the experiences of other gardeners, as well as recent research with pruning that has surfaced since the first edition was published in 1997. Beyond substantive changes, revised text and many new photographs should make this edition even more accessible than the first edition.
Softcover, 234 pages - $29.95
(Timber Press, 2004)
TEMPORARILY OUT OF PRINT.
A valuable guide to fruits and berries that add an adventurous flavor to any garden. Though names like jujube, juneberry, maypop, and shipova may seem exotic at first glance, these fruits offer delectable rewards to the gardener willing to go only slightly off the beaten path at local nurseries. Reliable even in the toughest garden situations, cold-hardy and pest-resistant, they are as enticing to the beginning as to the advanced gardener. This expanded sequel to the author's celebrated Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention offers new fruits, new varieties, and new photos and illustrations to entice the reader into an exciting world of garden pleasure.
Softcover, 308 pages - $19.95
(2021, Perseus Publishing)
A Northeast Gardener’s Year offers a couple of hundred pages of gardening know-how: what to do, how to do it, when to do it. As I write in the introduction, there is “no orderly system to what I write, except as dictated by the progress of the seasons, which we will follow month by month. I will begin each chapter setting the tone for the month with a few lines of borrowed poetry, then follow with a short description of what is going on plantwise. From there, we are left to the whims and vagaries of the weather and the weeds, the unfolding of blossoms and the ripening of fruits, and the cry of plants begging to be repotted as they push their roots through the holes in the bottom of their containers . . . I have gardened as far west as Wisconsin, as far south as Delaware, and as far north as New York. This book is applicable to at least that range, and any reader could stretch the range a bit more - to include the whole of what we generally call "the Northeast" - by adding or subtracting a few days on either side of the outdoor growing season . . . This is not a book to be read at one sitting, but rather, month by month, as it was written. I hope for each month's offerings to guide, to entertain, and, most of all, to enthuse you, dear reader, to share in the joys of gardening.
Softcover, 262 pages - $17.00
(Storey Publishing, 2009)
A book to rethink landscaping and fruit growing. Use certain temperate zone fruit trees, vines, shrubs, and groundcovers to beautify the landscape and, at the same time, provide tasty fruits for eating. The focus here is on so-called dessert fruits, delectable fruits that can be enjoyed right off the plants. Most people don't expect to need to—and don't have to—perform detailed annual pruning or pest control on their landscape plants. Fruit suggested in this book are those that can be held to these same low-maintenance standards. Learn how to optimize growing conditions and reap bountiful harvests while enjoying your scenery.
Softcover, 192 pages - $19.95
(New Society Publishers, 2018)
Curious why caressing your cucumber plants will help them bear more fruit? Or why you should grow oranges from seed even if the fruit is inedible? Or why trees need to sleep and how to help them? Offering eye-opening insight and practical guidance, coverage includes: Helping plants thrive during drought; Outwitting weeds by understanding their nature; Making the best use of compost; Why the language of Latin can make you a better gardener. The Ever Curious Gardener is an irreverent romp through the natural science of plants and soil, ideal for newer gardeners moving beyond back-of-the-seed-pack planting to experienced gardeners whose curiosity at the wonders of cultivation grows deeper and stronger with each season.
Paperback, 240 pages - $18.99
(Taunton Press, 2012)
This book is for you if you want to enjoy the luscious rewards of home-grown fruits, whether your home is a sunny balcony, a quarter-acre suburban lot, or a 5-acre farmden. With home-grown fruits, you get to choose varieties that tickle your palate, not necessarily those that sell well and can withstand the rigors of shipping and please the palates of people in Pasadena, in Pensacola, and in Portland. For the localvore, what could be more local than ripe peaches or blueberries harvested a few steps from the back or front door?
This book shows how growing fruit can be both enjoyable and easy, especially if you begin by selecting appropriate types and varieties for your climate and site. The emphasis is on growing fruit naturally. Naturally grown fruits develop high flavor, are rich in nutrients and other healthful components, and naturally resist pests and diseases so don't require toxic sprays. The emphasis here is also on simplicity, making growing everything from apples to figs to oranges to strawberries—over 30 different kinds of fruits in all—feasible within today's constraints of time and space.
Softcover, 234 pages - $24.95
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