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The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic Viticulture [Paperback]

Lon Rombough , Roger B. Swain
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Dec 1 2002

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book Dec 6 2002
I have a small backyard vineyard, and have read five books on growing grapes, "The Grape Grower" is the sixth. It has been more helpful than the others combined. If you are growing grapes or want to, buy this book! It is worth far more than its price. It is fun to read and a wonderful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a practical guide that's a lot of fun to read. I read it cover-to-cover within a week. The focus is mostly on bunch table grapes and wine grapes, but there is some information on muscadines and grapes for cooking, juice, and raisins. The information on available cultivars is great. Hundreds of cultivars are described, along with their vigour, hardiness, disease susceptibility, and other useful info. The material on grape breeding is fascinating.
Although It's billed as a book on organic growing, the set of lists of organic options is probably the weakest material. We are in the midst of an explosion of organic methods. Rombough tries to be up-to-date, but that means including stuff that's too new to have a track record, and that he hasn't personally used. Also, despite his efforts, there will be yet newer stuff next year that isn't in this book.
On the other hand, his material on cultivation and pruning is excellent and timeless.  I've read about 8 sets of instructions about "how to prune grapes" and every other one says "do it this way".  That didn't work for me, because I wanted to train my vine over an ornamental arch.  This book says "here's the main goal, here are other goals you might have, and here's what you do to meet those various goals.  Now I know what I ought to in any situation, including my unusual one.
I also know that I may run into trouble because my growing area is too small, but at least I understand the issues, and should be able to make the best of what I have.
I recommend this book to the backyard grower, the small farmer, the aspiring grape breeder, and anyone who enjoys good horticultural books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grape Grower by Lon Rombough Jan. 12 2003
Finding a grape growing book that is not geared toward the conditions in California is a difficult thing to do but this book does just that. You will find information on growing grapes in those conditions for sure but also for growing in colder climates as well as the difficult conditions in the Southeastern US. The book talks at length about growing organicaly but doesn't preach. Even if you are not an organic grower there will be a lot of useful information to be found. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in growing grapes whether it is 1 vine or 10,000.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Sour Grapes Here April 9 2003
Rombough's text covers growing grapes very thoroughly. It is admittedly biased toward an organic approach, but does not omit comments for non-organic growers. The book is well organized and readable. Rombough presents interesting tidbits, anecdotes and views in shaded boxes, allowing the more experienced grower to skip around. The material is also organized so that a methodical reading results in a solid grounding in organic viticulture. Also included are rudiments for breeding grapes and a list of suppliers for materials mentioned in the text. As mentioned by another reviewer, this text is an especially welcoms addition for the non-California grower. For anyone wanting to do more than plant a single grapevine, this book is an excellent reference and will prove to be a benchmark for some time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting back to Grape Basics. Dec 2 2002
Lon Rombough's new book "The Grape Grower" is an excellent resource for those who want to work with Mother Nature as much as possible when growing grapes instead of always trying to fight her. In place of synthetic pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, etc., Mr. Lombough presents healthier agronomic practices for aquiring beautiful grapes. His promotion of private breeding of new grape varieties is also most noble. I've only been growing grapes for four years but have personally witnessed the validity of his recommendations in my own vineyard. JB
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grape culture for all Nov. 30 2002
Without a doubt, Lon Rombough knows his grapes and how best to grow excellent quality fruit. What sets apart his text is that it teaches a novice how to grow grapes and then builds upon the basic knowledge imparted. There is something for anyone--from the neophyte to the vineyard owner--to learn. Rombough makes it possible for anyone to grow good fruit. As he says, even someone with only 2 square feet of ground can have a productive grapevine.
The gallery of various varieties is also extremely helpful. You'll know exactly what to plant or not plant for your climate, taste and use.
Don't let the book's subtitle "A Guide to Organic Viticulture" intimidate you. The techniques described within are for any gardener, even those who use synthetic chemicals or organic proponents who are driven to Sevin or such ocassionally to save a crop.
The bottom line is, if you want to grow grapes, buy this book. If you want to grow the rarest and most succulent grapes, buy this book. If you want to start a vineyard or make your own fine wine, buy this book. It's a gem for all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have to agree with everyone else
I am new to fruit growing in general. A lot of books seems to have either very little information or to much for me to handle (mostly because it is geared toward commercial... Read more
Published on March 20 2003 by "lostman_amiga"
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended highly for both organic and convention growers!
This book provides a detailed explanation to the intricate science of growing grapes organically. The author utilizes many illustrations, photos, tables and graphs to enhance text... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2002 by Suzanne Teghtmeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you wanted to know about growing grapes
Without having finished reading it yet I can recommend this book to anyone wanting to raise or know about raising grapes. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2002 by Stephen Payton
5.0 out of 5 stars Some comments on Lon Rombough's "The Grape Grower"
In the book's Introduction page, Lon modestly states "This is not the ultimate grape book...". I beg to differ. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2002 by Robert Conboy
5.0 out of 5 stars a compete work for grape growing
In an easy to read and easy to understand volume, Dr. Lon Rombaugh has distilled his extensive knowledge and experience to adress the issues involved in growing grapes, not only in... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2002 by Sigurd E Johnsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Void is Filled
This the book that fills the void between Jeff Cox' book for beginners and the scholarly tomes such as Winkler. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2002 by Daniel M. Strickland
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