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A Discussion  for Sharing Fruit Scion , Rootstocks, Cuttings, Divisions, etc...We can post what varieties of fruit trees & edible shrubs/vines/perennials  we can offer to share or exchange ....(not for resale or profit).  (nitrogen fixing shrubs/perennials also included)

A place to post hard to find edible trees & shrubs that may be found in a business nursery or on public grounds.

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There is an abundance of fruit & nut tree & shrub species we can grow in our temperate northern climate: honeyberries, grapes, currents, gooseberries, blueberries, kiwis, figs, sea-buckthorn, gumi, autumn olive, ginkgo, plum, almond, tea, cherry, plum, chinese dogwood, apples, pears, peaches, hazelnuts, etc

 

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Sharing our gardens plants, scion wood, starts, & seeds with our gardening neighbors is a great way to increase the abundance & diversity on the earth & in our community.

Although this discussion is mostly for sharing what we have or need from our own gardens, here are some exceptional events to add to your busy spring calendars:

 

Yearly Events (minimal fee with volunteer-trade options)

 

Master Gardener Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop  usually is scheduled during the 2nd Sat in March. This is a great time to bring your scion wood to donate for their course, and to practice grafting with experienced instructors at hand. (small cost for rootstock & scion).

 

 

Brian K at Inspiration Farm, may also continue to offer a February grafting & scion sharing workshop at his place...(small cost but volunteers & trades often possible).

 

Fairhaven Plant Sale - usually last Sat in March (cost for plants but many local nursery folks)

One of the star edible nursery folks at this sale is Micheal from Burnt Ridge Nursery & Orchard who come up from the Mt. Helens area once a year with a van full of one of the most affordable & diverse selection of edible vines, shrubs, trees. Many of his offerings are still in the 4" cutting size and under $5.00. What a great way to grow-up your own gardens edible diversity, and begin a way to share your diversity with neighbors.

We are looking forward to inviting Micheal to come a day early to Whatcom in the future, possibly for a friday 'Edible Forest Gardening' workshop next year. His knowledge of the edible temperate plant world is a gift!     www.burntridgenursery.com

Tags: cuttings, divisions, food, fruit, gardening, permaculture, rootstocks, scion, security, starts

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Thanks Brian for reminding us now is the time to start our edible forest garden by taking cuttings & obtaining rootstock, and exchange the varieties we have.
Anyone can contact Janaki to request including plants & scions in Jan 31, 2010 seed swap, or create your own plant swap.

Quote from Brian's posting:
"There is lots of info on the web including youtube videos on taking cuttings. There is also good information on propagating specific types of cuttings the Plants For a Future site http://www.pfaf.org/index.php
Hope this inspires people share their special plants around, we have an abundance of good ones that can grow in our region.
I am also looking for anyone that has good root stock for apple, pear or plum. I would like to graft up a bunch this coming spring. I also want to get the rootstock varieties going so that we can graft more every spring.

Let do a grafting gathering here this Spring and people can bring scion wood from their favorite fruit trees
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Thanks also Merry T for offering to share scions from a plum tree that makes great dried plums & sauce.
There is nothing like fresh dried fruit in the winter!
I started this discussion so that as the months & years go by, it might be easier for us to find who has what varieties.

Keep on writing & sharing the abundance!
Wow - I really want to learn how to graft, or at least have some scion grafted onto my dwarf root stock cherry tree! Keep me in the loop!!!
A 'Fruitful Grafting Gathering' was successful this Saturday Feb 20, 2010 at Inspiration Farm
http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/fruitful-graft-gathering

Contact the whatcom extension service to find out the date of their annual fruit-tree grafting workshop too! Let us know the date when you find it!

(We have a source of Akane apple scions available, that Don forgot to bring this year, plus a few other apple varieties across the street from us)
Hello All,

I am starting a new garden this year, and am wondering if anyone has raspberry starts to share? I live in the Columbia neighborhood, but can go and dig/pick up anywhere. Thanks! Danah
I have some raspberry starts. You can come get them the week after next. Call me, I'm in the phone book. Merry Teesdale

Danah Peace said:
Hello All,

I am starting a new garden this year, and am wondering if anyone has raspberry starts to share? I live in the Columbia neighborhood, but can go and dig/pick up anywhere. Thanks! Danah
Just a reminder, this Sat, March 13th, 2010
Master Gardener Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
Hands on WORKSHOP at 9am - noon
@ Tennant Lake Interpretive Center
5236 Nielsen Avenue, Ferndale.

Various grafting techniques will be demonstrated. Then graft your own tree to take home!
Dwarf and mini-dwarf apple and pear rootstock is available for $2.50, and scion wood will be available for 50 cents – or bring your own scion wood to share!. Come early for best selection.
Rootstocks do sell out!
Participation is free. Call 676-6736 for more information.

(thanks to Shannon's Garden E-News for listing this event earlier!)
One of the star edible nursery folks from our Cascadia region is
Micheal from Burnt Ridge Nursery & Orchard who comes up from the Mt. Helens area once a year with a van full of one of the most affordable & diverse selection of edible vines, shrubs, trees.
Many of his offerings are still in the 4" cutting size and under $5.00. What a great way to grow-up your own gardens edible diversity, and to share your diversity with community.

We are looking forward to hosting & inviting Micheal to come a day early before next years Fairhaven's last-Sat-in­-March Plant Sale, as a suppliment to an 'Edible Forest Gardening' workshop. Micheals knowledge of the edible temperate plant world is a gift! (reserve the last Fri & Sat in your March calendar for this).

Take a peak at the plants he offers. Remember some of your neighbors may already have some of these plants, and be willing to allow a few cuttings or start some layering. www.burntridgenursery.com

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