Category Archives: Fruit Trees

Orchard Planting Dress Rehearsal

Visions of cider apples danced in my head … but we are going to have to wait another year before we are ready to plant our own cider orchard. So I was happy to help out and learn from fellow cider … Continue reading

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Bud Grafting Success

Most of my grafting experience thus far has been with stem grafts, which involves fusing a piece of scion wood onto the existing tree or root stock. I’ve become pretty comfortable grafting apple, pear, quince, and plum trees this way. … Continue reading

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DIY Grafting Wax

When I graft, I am usually bark grafting on established trees. An important step in this process is sealing the insertion point to prevent the grafted scion from drying out. On smaller limbs, electrical tape works well: it exerts pressure on … Continue reading

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Tough Lessons

This gardening year has been a bad one for all kinds of pests and diseases. I recount some of our experiences on the Brandon Street site.

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Apples and Peaches

Linking to a couple of recent posts on the other gardening blog: Apples–a Living History Peaches in Seattle?

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