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Sat May 11th 1000-1100 zoom presentation – Soil Health: Management to Sampling & Testing. Presenter: Rosy Smit, WSU Extension Agriculture Program Coordinator for Snohomish County

All welcomed to attend. FREE.

From Rosy: The presentation will cover soil health basics in Western Washington as well as how soil testing can provide valuable data to make informed decisions about soil management practices to improve soil health.  Learn how to take an accurate soil sample, soil testing parameters, where to send your sample(s), and how to interpret the results.

Rosy is the WSU Extension Agriculture Program Coordinator for Snohomish County.  Previously, she worked on multiple local certified organic farms leading food system education programming and vegetable, perennial and livestock production, on various scales.  Passionate about soil, farm-based education and pollination, she loves fruit (growing and eating it) and comes from seven generations of farmers, was raised on a dairy in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, has an BSc in Agro-ecology and a MSc in Soil Science, both from the University of British Columbia.

Rosy will be recording and controlling the zoom software through WSU Zoom Meetings.

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Plans are to zoom-record Rosy’s talk and make available to interested individuals unable to attend on 5/11.

Any questions? Contact Trent (email trelwing@gmail.com DM/phone 206.517.3118).

Growing Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries in your PNW backyard.

Updated Post: Recording of talk is now available at:  Berries in Your Backyard – Growing Blueberries and Caneberries. (Passcode: J*=ywYD9). Resources referenced in DeVetter berry talk as well as talk visuals now available on the STFS resources webpage.

Not a STFS member, but interested in growing fruit in the Puget Sound region? Consider joining STFS. Recent STFS USP newsletters are available online for background on STFS activities and resources.

Sat Apr 13th 1000-1100 hybrid zoom presentation – Growing Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries in your PNW backyard.

All welcomed to attend. FREE.

Title: Berries in Your Backyard – Growing Blueberries and Caneberries. Presenter: Lisa Wasko DeVetter, Associate Professor of Horticulture, Washington State University. Description: Blueberries and caneberries (raspberry and blackberry) are hallmarks of summer for many gardeners. This presentation will provide an overview of key horticultural aspects to grow these crops successfully in a backyard setting.

This is the same talk given in-person this past March up at NW Fruit’s Mt. Vernon spring event.

With the right dirt, these berry plants are relatively easy to grow yielding bounteous harvests of nutritional fruit that can be very pricey when store-bought (No idea why since these plants give so much for so little).

Plans are to zoom-record Lisa’s talk and make available to interested individuals unable to attend on 4/13.

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Any questions? Contact Trent (email trelwing@gmail.com DM/phone 206.517.3118)

This Sat Mar 2nd afternoon 2PM-4PM STFS in-person meeting @ Sky Nursery featuring Ingela Wanerstrand talk Selecting Fruit for PNW Gardens preceded by FREE Seattle Rose Society talks 10AM-1PM. Public welcome and FREE for all.

Like last year, the first in-person indoor STFS membership meeting for 2024 is set for this Saturday (March 2nd) but in the afternoon 2 PM to 4 PM at Sky Nursery (18528 Aurora Ave N Shoreline, WA 98133, Store open 9-6 Daily, phone 206.546.4851 email sky@skynursery.com) just north of Seattle.

Venue is a large, airy glass-enclosed greenhouse space with apparent good ventilation and probably will be cooler than comfortable so wear an extra layer.

Like we’ve done at past in-person meetings, please bring stuff to give away, barter or sell to STFS members including fruit-growing guides and journals, fruit-growing equipment, scion wood and other cuttings for plant propagation, plant starts, … Tables will be set up for this activity.

Please also bring any displays or other items to discuss any current fruit-growing successes or challenges you’ve encountered over the past several years. We all learn by communicating with each other our successes and challenges.

Please bring mason bee cocoons to exchange with other STFS members and spread genetic diversity.

STFS’s remaining inventory of maggot barriers will be available for STFS members. Same price as in 2022/23 ($12 per package of 100 maggot barriers).

Sky Nursery stocks numerous fruit plants, so maybe spend some extra time browsing onsite inventory.

If you adore roses, come early starting at 10 AM for free talks offered by the Seattle Rose Society. More details below.

And maybe take a break between rose and fruit growing talks to drive a mile or so north up Aurora to Shoreline and get your Costco including $19.99 bareroot single variety fruit trees (for example, shiro plum, honeycrisp apple, …) or $26.99 multi-variety (for example, honeycrisp/braeburn/gala/fuji apple, …) from a reputable area nursery additionally vetted by Costco as a purveyor of quality products that Costco members deserve.

From Sky Nursery Event page:

Roses for PNW Gardeners March 2nd, 10am-1pm

Join us in welcoming the experts from the Seattle Rose Society and come for one or all three segments of this FREE series on growing thriving, stunning roses in the PNW. 

Rose Pruning for Success 10-10:50

PNW Rose Variety Selection 11-11:50

Caring for Roses in the PNW 12-12:50

FREE CLASS
No Registration Necessary. Our greenhouse is covered, but still cool. Be sure to dress in layers!

Fruit for PNW Gardeners March 2nd, 2pm-3pm

Expert horticulturist and educator Ingela Wanerstrand will share her vast knowledge on the best fruit to grow in your NW Garden and how to go about growing it well. Whether you’ve got room for one blueberry in a pot or enough acreage to start an orchard, you won’t want to miss this seminar. 

Join the Seattle Tree Fruit Society afterwards from 3-4pm for their monthly meeting, including fruit tree discussion, display plants and more. All are welcome.

FREE CLASS
No Registration Necessary. Our greenhouse is covered, but still cool. Be sure to dress in layers!

SCFS/STFS Blueberry Pruning Workshop, This Sat., Feb. 24, 2024 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM FREE to all WCFS members and the public.

Joint SCFS/STFS – Event!  

Blueberry Pruning Workshop

When: This Sat., Feb. 24, 2024 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Who: FREE to all WCFS members and the public.  (Donations are welcome)

Where:  Blueberry Glenn Farm

14355 Kelly Road NE, Duvall, WA  98019

Site phone 425.780.5551

Site email blueberryglennfarm@gmail.com

Why:  To learn and practice how to properly prune mature blueberry bushes with guided instruction

The Seattle Tree Fruit Society and the Snohomish County Fruit Society are pleased to sponsor a Blueberry Pruning workshop at Blueberry Glenn Farm in Duvall, WA.  

Blueberry Glenn is an 11-acre farm with over 1,000 blueberry bushes, some over 70 years old.  Experienced instructors from both clubs will be present to lead this activity.  Saturday’s event will be your opportunity to receive guided pruning instruction on individual mature plants, including several classic heirloom varieties.

What you should bring:  Warm clothing, pruning equipment, water, snacks.  Rest room facilities will be available.

For more information, please call Mike Ewanciw, President STFS  206-683-9665.  Or email STFS at seattletreefruitsociety@gmail.com.

Fall 2023 WCFS BeeLine now available.

The 2023_04_Fall BeeLine issue includes Reviving the BeeLine foreword, damson plums article, picking pears article, pear problems article, recipes, fig tree rescue article, and Grow a Little Fruit Tree book review.

Final update: SCFS (Snohomish County Fruit Society)/STFS (Seattle Tree Fruit Society) joint scion wood/rootstock sale and spring grafting event this Saturday (Mar 25th). Doors open 10 AM at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo. Free entry to all members of WCFS Chapters and the public.

Doors open 10 AM at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo. Free entry to all members of WCFS Chapters and the public. Donations accepted and appreciated.

Scion wood and rootstock sales in the FOWLER ROOM starts at 10 AM.

Only accepted payment methods: personal check and cash (ATM nearby).

Scion wood $2 per stick.

Rootstock prices vary; see attached price sheet.

Custom graft $4 per graft (scion wood and rootstock not included).

Tables set up in the FOWLER ROOM for attendee material and information exchange.

Free fruit talks in the ART ROOM from 1 PM to 3 PM.

More details from SCFS’s Jake Jacobson below.

FRUIT TREE GRAFTING CLASS

Saturday March 25th, 2023 from 10AM to 1:30PM

At Rosehill Community Center.

304 Lincoln Avenue, Mukilteo, WA 98275

The Fruit Tree Grafting and Tree Care Workshop, presented by the Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) & the Seattle Tree Fruit Society (STFS), will take place at Rosehill Community Center this Saturday, March 25, 2023.  Please refer to the link, “Grafting Workshop” for more details. (The Grafting Class is currently SOLD OUT.)

We are fortunate to have additional scion wood for grafting and sale on Saturday. This includes Grape and Persimmon scions, made available by Lori Brakken.  The complete list of the available scion is at link, “New Additions to Lori’s List – March 2023”. You can find the original scion lists, available root stock, and more information on the SCFS webpage 

**NEW** We are pleased to be able to offer custom grafting for folks who would like assistance putting their tree together.  

TREE CARE WORKSHOP – Free! Please see the attached link of “Afternoon Lectures” for more details

1pm   Apple Maggot Defense, Jim Holt

Learn how to control and mitigate the damage that can be caused by Apple Maggots (Ragoletis pomonella), a prevalent pest of pome fruits (Apples, Pears, and their relatives).   

1:15 pm  Selection and Care of Fruit Trees in the Home Landscape, Bob Baines.  

Learn what species do well in the Pacific Northwest, and which will be more challenging. Discover species that you didn’t know could be cultivated here. Get helpful hints on managing your fruit trees once you have committed to them. Find out what varieties are favorable in our climate.

2 pm   What’s Buzzing? Supporting Native Pollinators on your Property, Lisa Wasko DeVetter.   

Pollinators are essential for the production of nutritious foods, including fruits. This presentation will cover the essential role of pollinators, why they are in trouble, and what you can do to support them.  

We’ve attached a more complete description of the free afternoon workshop series for you, and updated the overall timeline of the day at Rosehill – please see the attached announcement. 

2:45 pm  Hydro-Mulching (Sprayable Mulch) for Sustainable Agriculture, Ben Weiss

Many Plants benefit from mulches, including fruit crops. Unfortunately, most mulches are made from non-degradable plastics that can pollute terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This presentation will introduce a new mulch technology, biobased and sprayable hydromulches, which are suitable for organic production and could be a more sustainable alternative to non-degradable plastic mulches.   

NOTE:  Bare root strawberries are sold out and will not be offered at the event. 

We hope you can join us on Saturday!

Snohomish County Fruit Society

A Chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society
http://snohomishcfs.wordpress.com/

Lorine Brakken’s Scion Wood for 2023

From Airlie to Zlatna Resistenta, with Karmijn de Sonnaville and many more pomes in between, lifetime STFS member Lorine Brakken is bringing scion wood from her compact, extensive home orchard to the 2023 SCFS/STFS fruit grafting event at Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo Sat. Mar. 25th 9:30 AM to 3 PM. For full list of Lori’s scion wood, price per stick and how to pre-order, check out STFS’s newsletter USP 41 02 2023 Feb pages 4-8.

STFS in-person meeting @ Sky Nursery featuring Ingela Wanerstrand talk Selecting Fruit for PNW Gardens Sat Mar 4th 10 AM-noon

Selecting Fruit for PNW Gardens – What fruits make sense to grow in your own PNW garden rather than paying many dollars at the store? Even in a compact urban backyard, layers of fruit plants from alpine strawberry ground cover to dwarfing multi-cultivar fruit trees can convert sunlight into healthy fresh fruit at arm’s length. Experienced horticulturist and educator Ingela Wanerstrand dba Green Darner Garden Design will cover why you might want to grow your own, plants that consistently fruit in the PNW and ideas for fruit-growing in small spaces. In-stock Sky Nursery fruit plants will be featured during Ingela’s talk.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

When: next Saturday (March 4th) 10 AM to noon; 10:00-10:30 socialize, 10:30-11:00 STFS meeting & 11:00-noon Ingela’s talk. More details in attached handout.

Where: Sky Nursery (18528 Aurora Ave N Shoreline, WA 98133, Store open 9-6 Daily, phone 206.546.4851 email sky@skynursery.com) just north of Seattle.

Venue is a large, airy glass-enclosed greenhouse space with apparent good ventilation and probably will be cooler than comfortable so wear an extra layer. Sky has no COVID-19 PPE requirements, so participants need to take COVID-19 precautions they feel are necessary.

Please DON’T BRING REFRESHMENTS TO SHARE WITH OTHER ATTENDEES; Sorry, Sky has requested that due to public participation and lingering COVID-19 concerns, no refreshments be provided by STFS members to share potluck-style with other participants.

STFS maggot barriers no longer available as of Feb 2023

As of February 2023, Seattle Tree Fruit Society (STFS) no longer is selling maggot barriers (MBs) for funding STFS educational activities.

MBs can now be easily purchased over the internet (search: maggot barriers), through Amazon or at area nurseries. Recently, in the Seattle area, nurseries stocking MBs have included Sky , Swansons , Cloud Mountain (Everson) , West Seattle , Sunnyside (Marysville) , Squak Mountain (Issaquah) , City People’s Sandpoint , & My Garden Nursery (Bellingham). Please contact these reputable nurseries directly to check for MB availability.

The STFS website still provides instructions for covering fruitlets with MBs.

STFS’s limited remaining MB inventory will be available to STFS members at upcoming in-person STFS events.

MBs protect apples, pears and other fruits from apple maggot flies, codling moths and other pests.

Apple Anthracnose in Western Washington 2022

Spots & cankers|lesions on your apple trees’ leaves, branches & developing fruits? It may be apple scab &|or anthracnose which longtime STFS|WCFS backyard orchardists report as being really bad in western Washington 2022. More on apple anthracnose @ STFS’s monthly newsletter edition USP 40 07 2022 July