Monthly Archives: February 2023

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 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 meeting this Sat. Feb. 11th 10 AM via zoom features WSU Seth Brawner talk all about cider apples in PNW

STFS Members and Friends,

Hi. STFS 2023 February member meeting is remote via Zoom this Saturday (2/11/23) beginning at 10 AM with STFS President Mike Ewanciw leading.

All members of the public and WCFS chapters are welcomed to attend.

Zoom connection info:

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Meeting Agenda:

10:00 – Welcome by STFS President Mike Ewanciw

10:10 – Review of Jan 21st STFS Board meeting happenings (Mike)

10:15 – Member input on whether STFS should continue to sell maggot barriers (Mike)

10:20 – Update on upcoming STFS events

10:30 – Presentation by Seth Brawner graduate student at WSU in Mt. Vernon titled “Growing Cider Apples in a Fruiting Wall System” covering Cider Apple culture and characteristics, Orchard Designs, Management Practices, and growing more apples in less space by maximizing yields.   

11:30 – Q & A with Seth

PFC February 9 – Mason Bees with Jim Ullrich

Jim Ullrich, who purchased Knox Cellars Mason Bees five years ago from the founder Brian Griffin, will be the speaker at our February 9 meeting at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton.  Come any time after 6:30 pm for social time.  The meeting starts at 7 pm.  Jim and his family are passionate about mason bees and enjoy bringing bees to more backyards, introducing people to mason bees, and teaching them about mason beekeeping.

South Sound Fruit Society Feb 2023 meeting: Getting Started Grafting Fruit Trees

SSFS’s next meeting will be Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 7 pm, via Zoom, with questions and social time starting at 6:30 pm.

The topic will be: Getting Started Grafting Fruit Trees

by Francesca Ritson

Time: Feb 7, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 883 1664 9216

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PFC 2023 Spring Grafting Show

The PFC 2023 Spring Grafting Show is coming up soon.  Save the date–March 18 from 10 am to 4 pm at the West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E Street, Bremerton  98312.  We’ll have scion wood for around 400 different apple cultivars plus some pears, plums, kiwis, grapes, and figs.  Apple rootstocks Bud 10, Geneva 969, and EMLA 26 will be available and pear rootstock OHxF 87 plus other orcharding supplies, plants, and educational displays.  Come visit us, get your questions answered, and  join the search for something new and exciting for your orchard!