Common-Sense Pest Control
To find hundreds of environmentally effective ways to control garden pests, I turn to The Gardener's Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control by William Olkowski, Sheila Daar, and Helga Olkowski (Taunton Press, 1996; $20). This book describes all the proven no- to low-toxicity remedies for ridding lawns, gardens, and trees of destructive pests, from microscopic organisms that cause plant-killing blights to burrowing moles that destroy gardens and lawns. I have found solutions to all my pest problems in this comprehensive guide. It's one of my favorite reference books.
Anatomy of Grafting
If you want to try your hand at making new fruit trees, late winter is the time to graft. You can create your own fruit tree by purchasing root stock and scion wood, or simply graft a favorite variety onto an existing tree. The Web site Anatomy of Grafting has all the answers.