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Grafting Class / Landscape Design Class

Edible Landscape Design and Fruit Tree Grafting on February 17th  Beginning the day with a farm tour at 9AM.

10 to 12 Noon is the 2 hour class on all the fruit that grows well in Western Washington. If you’re a fruit grower or interested in growing your own you shouldn’t miss this. 3rd Saturday classes in a series will train the seasoned grower or enthusiast.

years experience>< 37 years in Western Washington, Horticulture instructor 30 years.

1PM to 5PM making fruit trees, grafting success. Take home 10 trees per person.

 

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August 6th Availability; making apple trees

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.

 

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Fruit Tree Hedge

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.

Grafting your own trees?

Scionwood of 100 varieties and limited rootstock. See Scionwood, rootstock page. The collection is to share. Fees partially support the time.

Scionwood is cut and offered for a small donation at local Fruit Growing organizations as well-typically in March. It is a fundraiser from generous members’ own collections.

The growing season’s last fruits

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.

Last days of pyo

Today, 19th October, we have fresh and frozen (always available) Cider, and what is left to pick in the field are rough Braeburns, Quince, 30# Hudson’s Golden Gem, Rubinette. There are a few hundred pounds of drops/gleaners. $5/person, includes 2 1/2 # basket each that you can fill with picking or fruit from our stand or just come to visit the animals! They are a delight to visit and appreciate the company-especially the 2 month old goats!

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