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How to Plant a Bareroot Fruit Tree

How to Plant a Bareroot Fruit Tree

   My Avalon Pride peach tree takes root and sprouts some shoots one year after planting. I wanted to add some peach trees to my orchard and thanks to One Green World nursery and UPS, three peach leaf curl resistant varieties showed up on my doorstep […]

He’s a Smooth Pollinator — When Peach Trees Need a Helping Hand

He’s a Smooth Pollinator — When Peach Trees Need a Helping Hand

  Let me just say peach trees are worth the effort, and in the Pacific Northwest that’s some effort. Our rainy cool climate tricks the peach into blooming early–early enough that no bee worth his knees is going to be foraging for pollen or nectar. Even the […]

Yoga or Plan B: Fish and Chips

Yoga or Plan B: Fish and Chips

ummm, homemade fish and chips… Saturday was one of those days where each step I took seemed out a pace and out of place with the universe. Much like a dubbed low budget foreign film, nothing was in sync — lips, story progression or otherwise.  Considering Seattle’s […]

Jam Up and Jelly Tight: Apple Jelly Is Out of Sight!

Jam Up and Jelly Tight: Apple Jelly Is Out of Sight!

Homemade apple jelly with chopped cranberries for one-two flavor punch. It’s that time of year when I instinctively begin to ration my homemade preserves. It truly is summer captured in a jar. In the photo, I’m holding one of my favorite concoctions: apply jelly infused with rosemary and […]

Greenmantle Nursery: Vintage Apples off the Beaten Path

Greenmantle Nursery: Vintage Apples off the Beaten Path

In my neverending quest to cover every square inch of Tall Clover with anything that bears fruit, I stumbled across a remarkable site: Greenmantle Nursery of Humboldt, California. The nursery has been in business since 1983, and features some old homestead varieties from plant breeder Albert Etter (1872-1950). Today I […]

Tall Clover Farm: Warm Welcome on a Chilly Night

Tall Clover Farm: Warm Welcome on a Chilly Night

The chill of the evening cannot dissuade me from writing my first blog entry, not even at my desk upstairs. The heat in my house is most comfortable on the first floor where it remains insolent to most basic of nature’s laws: heat rises. Not so here; the warmth […]