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July Meeting is Cane Fruit!

Forget cherries. July Fourth is celebrated and done and all the cherry pie is eaten. That means it’s time to start thinking about next year and (drumroll, please) the Queen of Fruits: Raspberries.

We are fortunate to have a Pam Sinclair speak to us this month about cane fruits, that group of fruits with long canes and thumb-pricking thorns (excluding, of course, the near-perfect raspberry…). Pam will present an overview of growing all sorts of cane berries – how to select, grow (soils, pH, watering, fertilizing, pruning, etc.) and the common problems – excluding bleeding thumbs – berry growers face.

Pam is a longtime nursery person, a certified professional horticulturist and garden educator. She has taught college level soil and plant ID classes and does a series of basic gardening classes for Valley Nursery in Poulsbo each spring. She has also been published in several national gardening publications.

Pam has been operating a landscape design and consultation business for the past 25 years, GardenGal Designs. She was a longtime resident of the north Seattle area then moved to Kitsap about 10 years ago living in Indianola on the beach for most of that time. She recently moved to Bainbridge. Pam says, “I garden with the help of a loveable but clueless Cocker spaniel and a very helpful, hunting cat. Just wish he was big enough to keep the deer out of the garden!!” “I love talking about plants …any kind!”.

We’ll have coffee/tea and snacks to share. Don’t miss this fun event!

Bainbridge Island Fruit Club February Meeting

When – July 18, 2019, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where – Bainbridge Island Grange Hall (Downstairs), 10340 Madison Ave NE.

See you there!

BI Fruit Club March Meeting and Grafting Event

George Washington was mis-quoted! What he really said was that he was grafting his father’s cherry tree. And this month you’ll have a chance to join with our fortuitous founding father and graft your own cherry. Or apple or pear or plum. You get the idea.

The BIFC March meeting is our annual Grafting Event and Plant Sale Extravaganza where you can learn how to graft new varieties onto your fruit trees and build your own fruit-salad orchard. In short, grafting is simply inserting a portion of one plant (usually a shoot – called the scion) onto another, the ‘host’ so they grow together to make a single plant. That’s it! You can graft one type or multiple varieties onto a single host rootstock!!

In addition to hands on instructions, the Club will have available a large selection of heirloom and modern apple, pear, plum, and cherry scion wood cuttings and small rootstocks (up to 2 feet long) for grafting. You can also bring your own bare rooted or potted fruit trees (from Bay Hay, Bainbridge Gardens or even Costco) and design your own multi-variety trees! There is a small fee for club provided rootstock – $5 dollars – and scion wood only $1 dollar per cutting for non-members. If you’re already a member (or join at the meeting) you can save a buck on the rootstock and HALF OFF(!!!) on the scion wood. That’s right, for less than the price of a Grande latte you can be sipping cider for the rest of your life!

As usual we will also have plants for sale with all proceeds going to the Club. If you have extra seeds, vegetable starts, flowers, bulbs, berry plants, and/or fruit trees bring them to sell at the meeting. It will be a big help!

We’ll have coffee/tea and snacks to share. Don’t miss this fun event!

Bainbridge Island Fruit Club February Meeting

When –March 21, 2019, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where – Bainbridge Island Grange Hall (Downstairs), 10340 Madison Ave NE.

B.I. Fruit Club February Meeting

It’s that time of year! Dormant pruning! And this month we have a special speaker to help you make the cut. The BIFC February meeting features local farm legend, viticulturalist, and orchardist Betsy Wittick speaking on pruning techniques to maximize fruit tree health and get the most fruit from your trees.

Betsey is a long-term organic farmer and proprietor of the Laughing Crow Farm – a fixture at the B.I. Farmers’ Market. Since 2013 she has been taking care of things as winemaker and viticulturalist at Bainbridge Vineyards. Betsey holds a master’s degree in Horticulture from Cornell University, and has growing grapes, making wine and farming on Bainbridge Island since 1989.

Bainbridge Island Fruit Club February Meeting

When – February 21, 2019 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Where – Bainbridge Island Grange Hall (Downstairs), 10340 Madison Ave NE.

See you there!

BIFC January Meeting

Want to learn more about improving fruit tree health and growth? Well, you’ve got to start at the root! Come to the BIFC January meeting and hear local tree Guru and famed plant pathologist Olaf Ribeiro talk about The Role of Soil Microorganisms, Root Pathogens & Nutrition in maintaining Tree Health & Longevity.

You’ll learn the vital role microorganisms play in the soil by improving root nutrient uptake and soil conditioning. Without good microbial activity, maintaining tree health is difficult but with the presence of a health micro-ecosystem your trees will benefit from improved nutrient uptake, be better able to fight off root pathogens and revel in your improved soil structure and function. Olaf’s talk will describe various methods that have been successfully utilized to increase root growth and improve tree health and longevity.

Olaf has multiple degrees in Agriculture, Plant Pathology and Genetics. His over 50 published papers and books informed his 30+ years of problem solving in real-world tree health maintenance and diagnosis.

Bainbridge Island Fruit Club January Meeting

When – January 17, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where – Bainbridge Island Grange Hall (Downstairs), 10340 Madison Ave NE.

See you there!