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Success with Small Fruits   By: (1838-1888)

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Success with Small Fruits by Edward Payson Roe is a comprehensive guide that every aspiring gardener and fruit enthusiast should have on their bookshelf. With its detailed instructions, practical tips, and expert advice, this book serves as a valuable resource for those looking to cultivate a bountiful small fruit garden.

Roe's writing style is both engaging and accessible, making it easy for readers of all levels of experience to follow along with his guidance. The author's passion for small fruit gardening shines through in his explanations and anecdotes, making for an enjoyable and inspiring read. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, Success with Small Fruits provides a wealth of information that will undoubtedly enhance your understanding and abilities in this specialized area of cultivation.

One of the standout features of this book is its thorough coverage of the different types of small fruits and their specific cultivation requirements. From strawberries and raspberries to currants and blueberries, each fruit is examined in detail, ensuring that readers gain a deep understanding of the unique considerations associated with growing each variety. Roe's explanations are not only informative but also include practical tips that can be easily implemented, such as planting techniques, soil preparation, and pest management strategies.

In addition to advice on the cultivation process, Success with Small Fruits also provides valuable information on harvesting, preserving, and utilizing the fruits. The section on preserving techniques, such as canning and freezing, is particularly helpful for those looking to extend the lifespan of their harvest and enjoy the fruits of their labor throughout the year. Roe also includes delectable recipes that showcase the delicious potential of small fruits, from jams and pies to refreshing beverages.

The book's organization is commendable, with each chapter focusing on a specific fruit and its related topics. This approach allows readers to easily navigate the content and reference specific sections later on. Additionally, the inclusion of vibrant illustrations and photographs further enhances the reader's understanding and visualizes the concepts discussed.

One aspect that could have been improved upon is the limited focus on organic and sustainable practices. While the book briefly mentions environmentally friendly alternatives and integrated pest management techniques, further exploration of these topics would greatly benefit readers seeking to minimize their ecological impact.

Overall, Success with Small Fruits is a must-have book for anyone interested in cultivating a thriving small fruit garden. Edward Payson Roe's expertise and enthusiasm shine through in every page, making it an enjoyable and informative read. Whether you are a novice gardener or an experienced horticulturist, this book will undoubtedly equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve success in small fruit cultivation.

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The Works of E.P. Roe





I Dedicate this Book



A Neighbor, Friend, and Horticulturist



A book should be judged somewhat in view of what it attempts. One of the chief objects of this little volume is to lure men and women back to their original calling, that of gardening. I am decidedly under the impression that Eve helped Adam, especially as the sun declined. I am sure that they had small fruits for breakfast, dinner and supper, and would not be at all surprised if they ate some between meals. Even we poor mortals who have sinned more than once, and must give our minds to the effort not to appear unnatural in many hideous styles of dress, can fare as well. The Adams and Eves of every generation can have an Eden if they wish. Indeed, I know of many instances in which Eve creates a beautiful and fruitful garden without any help from Adam.

The theologians show that we have inherited much evil from our first parents, but, in the general disposition to have a garden, can we not recognize a redeeming ancestral trait? I would like to contribute my little share toward increasing this tendency, believing that as humanity goes back to its first occupation it may also acquire some of the primal gardener's characteristics before he listened to temptation and ceased to be even a gentleman... Continue reading book >>

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