- Date – Thursday, March 15th
- Time – 6:30 to 7 p.m.,
- Location – Downstairs at the Bainbridge Grange Hall, 10340 Madison Avenue NE
We’ll see you January 16th for our first meeting of the year to learn about ‘Orchard Landscape Planning’ !!
Upcoming Bainbridge Island Fruit Club meetings:
Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of the month,
6:30pm – 8:30pm at the
Bainbridge Island Grange
Tis the season for cider making!!! We are very excited to have Tom Mueller return to speak to the fruit club about the craft of cider making!!
Yes in deed! Tom is an extreme home cider maker and has graciously agreed to return as a guest speaker to share his expertise and trial & errors with us again!
Day – Thursday October 19th
Time – 6:30pm
Location- Downstairs at the Bainbridge Grange on Madison Ave. (10340 Madison Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110)
Tom’s bio —
Tom has been home brewing, making cider and fruit wines for 20 years (when he first moved to Bainbridge). He has been involved in backyard fruit growing and was on the board of Western Washington Fruit Growers Foundation for two years. There they worked with WSU in Mt. Vernon to grow various types of fruit trees and bushes to see what worked best in our climate.
Tom plans on talking to us about how he got into making cider and how he learned the process. He’ll go thru the equipment needed and go over the basic recipe for making cider. He’ll talk about various apple and pear varieties that have worked for him and how to mix different varieties to get more complex ciders. He’ll also tell us what works and he’ll share some of his failures and surprises!
Can you tell we’re excited?!
See you then!
September’s meeting will be another garden tour! It’s planned for Sunday, September 17th at a club member’s garden. This is a garden we have NOT visited before so that will be exciting. We’ll probably also do some fruit sampling while there too. More to be posted shortly!
Jim is calling it his “Underground Garden Tour” because he will take us on a tour of his garden with a focus on the importance of soil. …Then Darren will demonstrate how to do summer bud grafting, and to top it all off it’s a potluck!
Here is what Jim says –
Join us on August 24th at 6pm. Email us for directions at: bifruitclub.gmail.com. We’ll be digging down to learn how to do a quick soil evaluation, we’ll roam the landscape an see what the plants are telling us about what it is they’re growing in, and how to do a correct soil sample for getting a professional soil test done to see what you’ve got to work with – and what’s missing.
When we’re worn out from slinging all that dirt, our Club President, Darren Murphy, will be demonstrating how to do a summer bud graft on one of the trees to start adding variety to your fruit trees at home without having to add any actual trees!
And, as if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be having a potluck picnic to celebrate summer. Jim has a grill available if anyone wants to cook anything.
Bring something to share and be ready to learn!
You asked for it! You got it!
We are fortunate to have a Pam Sinclair speak to us this month about Blueberries. Pam will present an overview of growing blueberries – how to select, grow (soils, pH, watering, fertilizing, pruning, etc.) and the common problems blueberry 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 moved to Bainbridge last year. 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!”.
JOIN US FOR A FUN EVENING!