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SSFS Grafting Workshop and Scion Exchange 3/18/17

The South Sound Fruit Society is holding its Grafting Workshop and Scion Exchange on March 18th from 10 – 2.

Jerry Kehoe and Lori Brakken will demonstrate different kinds of graphs for fruit trees and custom grafting will be available. You can bring your own cuttings! There will be rootstock ($3) and scion wood ($1)for sale .

The workshop will be at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden, 2326 4th Ave E., Olympia.

SSFS March 7th Meeting: Rootstocks

Jeb Thurow will lecture on different rootstocks and what makes the best fruit tree for different conditions and use.

The lecture will be at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden Center, 2326 4th Ave E, Olympia, Wa 98506,  from 7 to 9 Tuesday evening of the 7th of March 2017.

SSFS Rootstock and Grafting Events

South Sound Fruit Society March Meetings

The March 7th meeting topic is going to be Rootstocks. Jeb Thurow will tell us all about rootstocks in preparation for our grafting workshop on the 18th. Both of these events will be at the Eastside Farm and Garden Center in Olympia. Jeb’s talk will be from 7 to 8 PM, approx.

The grafting workshop will be that Saturday, the 18th, from 10 to 2 (probably). Jerry Kehoe and Lori Brakken will explain and demonstrate 2 kinds of grafting of the rootstock to the scion wood to make a whole fruit tree. We will have various rootstock to purchase ($3) and a selection of scion wood ($1). Then we will have people available to help you graft right there or to do custom graphs for you ($6) .

Feb 7th SSFS Meeting: Preserving Historic Orchards in the National Parks

Susan Dolan will be giving a presentation at the Feb 7th meeting of the South South Fruit Society meeting: Preserving Historic Orchards in the National Parks.

She is the author of Fruitful Legacy, a book about Historic Orchards.

The talk will be at 7PM at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden, 2326 4th Ave, East, Olympia, Wa.

SSFS Sept 6 Meeting : Soil Test Analysis

At the Sept 6th meeting of the South Sound Fruit Society, Dave Nygard of the Thurston County Soil Conservation District will speak on soil tests and understanding the soil test results. The meeting will be on the first Tuesday in Sept at the Eastside Farm and Garden, 2326 4th Ave E., Olympia from 7 – 8.

Growing Grapes and Making Wine – SSFS August 2 Meeting

Mike Lempriere of Perennial Vinters on Bainbridge Island will be speaking and showing slides at the August 2 South Sound Fruit Society meeting at 7 PM at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden , 2326 4th Ave E., Olympia, 98506

Apple and Pear Tree Espaliers – South Sound Fruit Society Meeting June 7th 2016

Jean Williams will discuss growing fruit on an espalier: kinds of support structures, how to prune, and pictures of how the different designs grow. She has a Belgian fence with 60 different kinds of apples on it and over 400 apples and pears in her orchard.

The meeting will be at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden Center, 2326 4th Ave E, Olympia, 98506 at 7 PM.

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And web site: http://southsoundfruitsociety.org

Blueberries: Care and Feeding

South Sound Fruit Society Meeting May 3, 2016 at the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden, Olympia, Wa. 7 PM.

A talk by Glen Aldrich fro Aldrich Berry Farm and Nursery of Mossyrock, Wa. on raising blueberries.

South Sound Fruit Society April 5th Meeting: Tools

SSFS Meeting April 5

Tools : How to pick them, How to maintain them

Lowell Cordes will discuss how to select a tool. what makes a good tool, steel, ergonomics, maintenance, and sharpening.

7 PM at the Eastside Farm and Garden, 2326 4th Ave E., Olympia, 98506

SSFS Grafting Workshop March 13th

The South Sound Fruit Society will hold their grafting workshop on Sunday March 13th. There will be a presentation on grafting with a demonstration of whip and tongue grafting and custom grafting will be available. Scion wood for apples and pears and apple and pear rootstock will be available to purchase. $.50 per scion and $2.50 per rootstock. the workshop is free to member and $5 to non-members. It will start at noon and go to 3 PM.

The rootstocks will be : 10 of each of the dwarfing rootstocks for apple (M26), pear (quince) and plum (colt), and 20 each of the semi dwarfing for apple (M106), plum (Mustang) and, with 30 semi dwarf pear (OhxF 333)

The workshop will be held at the Eastside Farm and Garden, 2326 4th Ave E, Olympia 98506