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Blueberries-Legacy variety, mulberries, Blackberries & Apples: the sauce/pie Lodi, crispy Pristine, multipurpose & high flavor Gravenstein and William’s Pride, juicy Summerred, front end of complex/spicy Zestar!

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Apples 101: Wednesday Aug 9th, 16th, 23rd – 5:30pm — 8:30pm see classesClasses-Tours

A window in time is now – for 2 more weeks – the practice of ‘budding’ – a quick grafting technique for making apple trees. Watch and engage- see budding at Skipley Farm: Make your own- 10 tree apple “fence” (espalier) trees in an hour.                                       Gil will give an apple tree lesson from “start to finish”; make baby trees for your future site, hear and taste a few of the top 20 varieties that grow in Western Washington. Learn about SOIL health, beneficial insects, training-all while grafting/budding.

$125pp, $200 couple Cider, apples, cheese, provided. Call Gil for your spot in time.

 

Blueberries, Blackberries, early Pristine apples

Fathers day weekend is our first fruit of the season. Open 9 to 6.  

Espalier Crimson Crisp

Espalier Crimson Crisp

An apple hedge is ridiculously simple. 1. Stake it out 2. Plant it 3. Wait a few years 4. Pick, eat, store through the winter.

The system here in this photo is mostly neglect. First plant a nursery of dwarf rootstock 3’x10″ apart -count on loosing 10% to voles (large underground field mice),  dig out damaged trees and replant 3′ apart down a row-in this instance 20 Crimson Topaz. After they get 3-4′ high tie them over to the base of the next tree or to the base of the second tree over if too tall, now they sprout at the high point and you repeat the tie procedure -let grow up 4’+then tie over. The trees in the photo are 6 years old, 2-3 feet high, bore about 75# last year are growing on bud -9 dwarf rootstock.

Late apples like Goldrush, Suncrisp, Enterprise could be hanging…but they’re picked! Medlar is another that hangs late until freezing temps begin to break the starch down to sugar known as bletted. The fruit was important as a winter food during Roman times. Today it will be eons before it gains that stature.

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