Lee Reich is one of my favorite garden writers. He has a way of explaining cultural techniques clearly and simply — and with enough information to enable a reader to try a project. His 2001 book, “Weedless Gardening,” is one such example. He also inspires readers to try new plants, maintaining the excitement of gardening. His 2004 book, “Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden,” is a good example of that.

Now, with his new book, “Grow Fruit Naturally” (234 pages, $24.95, The Taunton Press, 2012), Reich further inspires and instructs, continuing in his clear and concise but thorough way. “Grow Fruit Naturally” begins with five chapters on “the basics:” Planning Your Fruit Garden; Planting and Growing; Pruning; Pests and Diseases; and Harvesting and Storage. Here you learn about chilling requirements of various fruits; heat tolerance; natural methods and materials for controlling pests; and details of harvesting and storing. How do you tell when a European pear is ready to pick, anyhow? Which apple varieties need to be stored into winter before they taste good?

The following chapters cover individual fruits, from the common apple and strawberry to the less common medlar and seaberry. These are the fun and dangerous chapters: You’ll be tempted to plant one or more of whatever is hardy in your area. And these chapters are full of tips that even experienced growers will appreciate.

For example, instead of buying expensive red spheres to coat with sticky Tanglefoot material and hang in apple trees — to trap flies that lay eggs that become apple maggots — Reich says he buys rock-hard Red Delicious apples at the grocery store, puts a wire through them, coats them with Tanglefoot, and hangs them in his trees. After a month or so, they’re disposed of in the compost pile and replaced with new apples, with no need to clean the messy Tanglefoot from them. This seems like the only good use for those bland supermarket varieties.

Want to try growing avocados in Maine? Get a grafted, dwarf tree and grow it in a pot, keeping it in a sunny spot indoors over winter.

Want to grow cherries? Reich gives all the information you need for these — as well as for Cornelian cherries, which are the Cornus mas species rather than Prunus species. He lists seven varieties of Cornelian cherries, describing fruit qualities of each.

Want to grow citrus in pots in the north? Reich lists five types that do well, including Ponderosa lemon and Satsuma mandarin, and recommends growing them on Flying Dragon dwarfing rootstock.

The chapter on grapes details different ways to prune this fruit and shows how to bag fruit quickly and easily to protect it from insects, diseases and birds.

Medlars might be a new, different and odd fruit to try in your home orchard. Individual fruits are about an inch in diameter and have the “odd quirk,” as Reich says, of needing to “blet” before they’re eaten. “Bletting,” says Reich, “is a natural ripening process during which the fruit softens, sweetens and becomes less astringent.” He suggests placing fruits in a cool room until the skin is dark and the flesh has softened and browned — turning to an applesauce-like consistency with “the spicy flavor of applesauce along with winey overtones.” If nothing else, you’ll have a new Scrabble word, “blet.”

In addition to writing about 31 fruits, Reich has an excellent resource list for plants, supplies (tools and biological controls), organizations and further reference works.