- May your search be fruitful.
Garden Pests and Spotted Wing Drosophila Information
At our last meeting, April 24th, we had a flier created by Sharon Collman of WSU. It was full of garden resources and things to look for in our gardens this month. bb-2010-04-22
A very educational 6 page article written by Joyce Harms, Master Gardener is on this link.
An amusing and informative video is on this link http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/IPMPROJECT/SWD/When-vinegar-flies-go-bad.pdf
ARTICLES by members
gregs-scionwood-storage Greg Giuliani has written an article about taking your own Scion Wood Cuttings for spring grafting. These cuttings from your fruit trees are important to bring to the Spring Fruit & Grafting Shows for others to be able to graft varieties of fruit that you have access to.
If you have QUESTIONS
- Master Gardeners answer the phones with the Washington State University (WSU) Extension service. Professional extension agents are also available.
King County 10 to 4 pm M -F 206-543-0943 Snohomish Co 9 to 4 pm M – F 425-338-2400 Pierce County 9 to 3 pm M – F 253-798-7170 Skagit Valley Mt Vernon Research Unit 253-445-4500
WSU Extension Service has a 24 hour taped message on a variety of fruit subjects. (206)296-3425, (206)205-3100 Also, WSU has extensive literature for gardeners. pubs.wsu.edu 1-800-723-1763 Ask to be placed on the email list for Bellevue’s Master Gardener Demo facility lectures. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Farmer’s markets often have Master Gardeners or others who can answer questions on an amateur level. Local nurseries often provide expert advice if you bring them a plant sample or have a gardening question.
- Seattle Tilth’s Gardening Hotline 206-633-0224 or email email@example.com
- The “Plant Answer Line” with the Center for Urban Horticulture. 206-897-5268
- OSU’s Extension Service extension.oregonstate.edu/index.php offers literature.
ORGANIZATIONS that offer assistance -
- Western Cascade Fruit Society, WCFS, is an umbrella organization for local Vashon Island, Olympic Peninsula, Seattle, and Tacoma chapters (and others.) www.wcfs.org An online discussion of Fruit Tree culture is available.
- Seattle Tree Fruit Society meetings are open to everyone. Membership ($30) firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Friends of Piper Orchard, www.piperorchard.org, maintain antique apple and pear varieties in Carkeek Park. Many resources are found on their website, such as upcoming permaculture lectures, info on orchard work parties, and other fruit events.
- Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation, WWFRF, wwfrf.org, has a demonstration public fruit orchard in Mt. Vernon, at the WSU, Mount Vernon Research & Extension Unit.
- Solid Ground (206)694-6746ext.3 or email@example.com, helps to harvest unused backyard fruit in the Seattle area and give it to food banks. City Fruit firstname.lastname@example.org, will work with Solid Ground’s Community Fruit Tree Gleaning program and will also be developing educational, community-based information networks for homeowners.
- Portland’s Home Orchard Society, HOS, has many knowledgeable fruit enthusiasts. www.homeorchardsociety.org
- Google your topic – Seattle has organizations on Bats, Mason Bees, Scarabs, or even an “eat-a-bug” cooking.