The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic Viticulture Paperback – Dec 1 2002
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"A great how-to book. The only reference you need if you want to raise a few grape vines."--Rocky Mountain News
"It would be difficult to find a book covering any aspect of growing grapes that is not included here."--Gardening Newsletter
"Packed with useful information, this book benefits from the author's personalized writing style. Immensely enjoyable."--Choice Magazine
About the Author
Lon Rombough was a well-known garden writer, nurseryman, and fruit grower, with more than thirty-five years experience growing grapes and maintains hundreds of varieties in his small vineyard. A prominent member of North American Fruit Explorers, or NAFEX, he lived in western Oregon.
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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.
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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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 morePublished on March 20 2003
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 morePublished on Dec 13 2002 by Suzanne Teghtmeyer
Without having finished reading it yet I can recommend this book to anyone wanting to raise or know about raising grapes. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2002 by Stephen Payton
In the book's Introduction page, Lon modestly states "This is not the ultimate grape book...". I beg to differ. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2002 by Robert Conboy
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 morePublished on Dec 1 2002 by Sigurd E Johnsen