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Texas Peach Handbook
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An up-to-date guide for commercial and residential peach growers . . .   With an estimated one million trees producing almost fifty million pounds of fruit per year, Texas is a leading producer of peaches, and several popular seasonal festivals highlight the widespread enjoyment of and interest in this delicious, versatile fruit. In addition, a recent rise of interest in edible gardens and home fruit production has led more people to think about planting a peach tree in the yard—or paying closer attention to the one they already have.    Jim Kamas and Larry Stein, drawing from their many years of experience and the best current research, provide authoritative advice for those who want to improve peach production, whether in a large commercial orchard or on a single tree in the back yard. With discussions ranging from site selection to marketing ideas, Texas Peach Handbook covers the basics of peach cultivation—planting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, protecting, thinning, harvesting—and gives both instruction on disease and insect control and advice on the financial aspects of the peach business. The authors also direct readers to other, more detailed or technical sources, for those who want to learn more about a given topic.   For its useful information and expert guidance, this how-to handbook will prove indispensable for anyone who grows, or wants to grow, peaches.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Chapter 1: Planning a Peach Orchard
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Chapter 2: Site Selection
  2. pp. 8-14
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  1. Chapter 3: Site Preparation
  2. pp. 15-25
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  1. Chapter 4: Chilling, Dormancy, Hardiness, and Phenology of Bloom
  2. pp. 26-39
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  1. Chapter 5: Cultivar and Rootstock Recommendations for Texas Peach Growers
  2. pp. 40-47
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  1. Chapter 6: Peach Tree Pruning and Training
  2. pp. 48-62
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  1. Chapter 7: Water Management
  2. pp. 63-74
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  1. Chapter 8: Peach Orchard Floor Management
  2. pp. 75-85
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  1. Chapter 9: Peach Tree Nutrition and Orchard Fertilization
  2. pp. 86-94
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  1. Chapter 10: Peach Diseases
  2. pp. 95-107
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  1. Chapter 11: Insects
  2. pp. 108-118
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  1. Chapter 12: Crop Control
  2. pp. 119-127
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  1. Chapter 13: Harvesting and Handling
  2. pp. 128-131
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  1. Chapter 14: Marketing
  2. pp. 132-138
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  1. Chapter 15: Financial Needs to Get into the Peach Business
  2. pp. 139-143
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 145-147
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