Hiking in Germany May ’22 This region of the Schwäbische Alb is rich with thousands of apple trees in the fields and along the roads

And a new Twitter MY Space -stream link to podcasts. I’m no wizard. This will be beta.


Late bloomer
Giant apple tree
Fields of apple and pear
Giant apple trees
Roadside rest
Glade in wood
Country foot bridge
Typical Bavarian style
Compost, Manure was historically convenient
2nd mill on our 5 hour walk
Miles of woodland walking
Swamp with Trollius
Mill pond
Country foot bridge
Working mills in Schwäbische Alb, Germany
Trollius globosa
Miles of walking
Four Mills
Schwäbische Alb Apple Walk

Free Grafting classes-Zoom- signup February-July 1st and 3rd Saturdays 10AM, 35min.

Gil Schieber is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Grafting Classes 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month 10 AM
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

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Address further questions, needs to Gil Schieber  206-679-6576
Donations gratefully accepted.
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Blueberry plants

We’re reliquishing 160 -5 year old plants out into the community. Potted, productive( we make pies from nursery plants, yes they’re producing). In comes new inventory: 1 gallon and 2 gallon plants add Peat, Bark, a little sand, water, a handful of cottonseed meal, you are on your way!

shoo away the birds (net-and we sell bird and insect net) and you’ve got crop; consider soil, fertility. After 10 years

growth expect 15 pounds of blueberries per plant.

Sale $25 to$65

We also have 1000 large 1-3 gallon pots for wholesale prices before potting up (and doubling the price! We can ship at about $15 per plant. 1 plant $15, 5-9 $13, 10-49 $11, >100 $9. >500 $8


New Scion from C Homanics

Blueberries picked through July
Blueberries picked through July

Plum 'Purple Gage'
Plum ‘Purple Gage’

Serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia Dried on the tree E. WA
Serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia Dried on the tree E. WA

Grape 'Einset'
Grape ‘Einset’

Cherry 'Lapins'
Cherry ‘Lapins’

Gooseberry 'Black Velvet'
Gooseberry ‘Black Velvet’

Gooseberry 'Invicta'
Gooseberry ‘Invicta’

Strawberry 'Seascape'
Strawberry ‘Seascape’

Apple Nursery 2010

1500 Bud 9 Apple Grafts January 2009
1500 Bud 9 Apple Grafts January 2009

“Kiwiberry” Actinidia spp.

Tomato Trials Skipley Farm
2014 Tomato Trials

Mixed July Fruit

Winter Apple Collection
Winter Apple Collection

Bluecrop Blueberries
Bluecrop Blueberries

When apples go bad…

Apples with Penicillin-a Patulin producing mold

This is unfortunate.

Orchards vary in their management of “drops” or “windfall”. Most orchard apples fall from high up so when they drop, they bruise by hitting bare ground, ground cleared and killed by herbicides, primarily ‘Roundup’/Glyphosate. Problem #1-bruised apples with residual glyphosate. When apples fall they often ‘dent’ where the skin is intact without tearing. Ok …but only if they don’t contact animal poop (thats not been composted for 3 months) down on that ground where E-coli becomes a problem. Patulin and E-coli have been on the Radar of all orchardists due to a few instances of poop, rot and fruit. The e-coli comes from contact with fresh feces including Rodents, Cow, horse, chicken, goat, human, you name it. Eating poop is not recommended for humans (although I here cow dung is loaded with B12). Insect frass/poop is not framed as E-coli contaminated.

Food safety news about field contamination of apples reiterate from one research group in Illinois on the footsteps of a cow dung infused Apple farm that caused 10 people to get sick. The scare is on for a decade now. There is more chance of contracting E-coli from a hand picked apple, especially by a child, with fingers previously …. here’s why:

Orchards with small, low trees, with no farm animals pooping in the fields, with rodents like rabbits and mice not piling their poop under the trees, on top of the plants where apples may drop, the risk of apples being contaminated drops off dramatically. Falling short heights into and onto soft grass or onto the perfect plant guild that nestles and surrounds the fruit with the chill and dew of evening air, ripening the apple over days, sometimes weeks in the most perfect environment… E-coli contaminated fruit drops to one in a million.

No problem if falling into clean plants and soft grass.

Now bruised apples with a tear open to the flesh inside most certainly will be visited by the spores of 2 or 3 fungi that can cause a potent toxin, Patulin, also cited as a homeopathic- found to fight cancer as well as potentially cause cancer. The photo above is a blue mold that causes the potent Patulin.

Would you or you child eat this? An indiscriminate orchardist could rake it up for cider pressing.

It take several days for this mold to establish. You can see it. Unbroken apples sometimes achieve mold production at the end of their edible life and sometimes in cold storage ahead of their lifespan where conditions of moisture and temperature can create spore germination-fungicides are used to intervene here.

If you want the perfect crisp Apple, you will find it in the grass, nestled, out of direct sun, still cool at the end of the day, breathing with the fluctuating night-day temperature shift, kissed with evening dew at dew-point, moist cool air, drying by day but still cool. No fungus! Look for mouse or rabbit poop, should you find it don’t eat it. There is a slim chance a fruit is nestled in a pile of poop. You the apple you-picker, orchardist, can see this. Like Apple cores in the field pick these up, toss them to the field shoulder or put them in a trash bucket. Germs are everywhere!

“Ahoy, SpiGold

Big, tasty, November apple, triploid

Annual Harvestival

October last Saturday: 9 to 9 Annual tasting of 100+ apple varieties, 18 distinctive grapes, several pears and odd fruits; pouring locally brewed Skipley Farm fruit ciders, with teas, condiments and fruit products. Please bring something fruitful…fruit to ID, pie or pastry, jams, crackers, home-brews to share and Apples to press! Cider pressing all day. Hold the ladder, shake your trees. Music begins at 2PM.

Click here for parking tickets-harvestival donations

Donations of $20 for youth and adults older than 16 is appreciated.  

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