Greetings, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. I’ll do my best to respond in a timely manner, but appreciate your patience if I’m a wee bit tardy.


  1. Tom,
    I recently learned about curl-resistant Indian Free Peach. I read in a few places that it comes true from seed. Any chance you would have some of these pits that you could share?

    • Mark, I have a friend who has the Indian peach tree. I can get the seeds if you want to email me your address. They are the only seed that will produce without a graft. The branches can be frail, and need stakes to handle the weight. Very flavorful small white peach

  2. Have you imported trees from any other country ? I am drooling over some French varieties of Fig, but have for some undefined reason been hesitant to process my shopping cart. :'(
    I saw your response about the New Zealand peach and thought, ” That’s some shipping.” BUUUUUT, in my climate New Zealand and Australian stuff flourishes. I plant all kinds of natives from there for butterflies, birds, and bugs, though I haven’t gone over to the fruit side.
    Australian vines are yummy and I bet the grapes would like it here. Hummmm. Oh Here is Watsonville California Zone 9 by the house, 8 ( 500 feet toward the road and 100 feet lower.)

    • Alya, I’m a bit jealous of your zone 9 in beautiful California. It’s amazing what grows there, seems like everything. I’ve never purchased plants from other countries, mainly because most nurseries won’t ship internationally, and those that do, have understandably hefty shipping charges. And Washington State is strict about certain crop trees coming into the state. Check out Bay Laurel Nursery in CA, and Burnt Ridge Nursery in Washington State, and One Green World in Oregon. They all ship and have great fruit trees and crops. Oh and in CA there is also Trees of Antiquity and their tree stock is exceptional. Good luck!!!

  3. Hello, two weeks ago I sent e-mail asking do you sale sweet meat squash and I haven’t heard from I will appreciate if you just sent “yes we do have or “no we don’t”
    I can’t find anywhere in Vancouver sweet meat squash.


    • Hi Anna,
      I’m sorry, I must have missed your email. I really do try to answer everyone’s inquiries, so please accept my apology for keeping you hanging. No I do not have any sweet meat squash this year, I had a crop failure due to a herd of deer getting in the pumpkin patch early in the season. You may check with this Vancouver resource, they grow it or had seeds, and may know of a source this year.
      Take care, Tom

  4. Hey,

    I recently came across your site and I’m wondering if I can post one of my articles here.

    I’ve been writing up home improvement articles too and would love the chance to write
    on your blog but I couldn’t manage to find your email. If you could get a hold of me at, I would greatly appreciate it.


  5. Hi There!

    My husband and I just moved to Vashon and we admired your dahlias at Snap Dragon. Adam mentioned your farm location. We would love to come visit and take home some beautiful dahlias!

    Please let us know when it is convenient for us to pop by this weekend (15 July) or week days.

    Kind Regards,

    Mary Hartman

  6. what a beautiful and loving tribute to Karin! She would be so honored. Thank you for it! You and she had a special relationship~ sending you lots of love Tom

    • The best place locally is any garden center and nursery when fall bulbs come in. Plant them in fall, to bloom in spring. They are usually offered as bareroot rhizomes. Good luck!

  7. Thanks Tom.

    I’m asking for a niece that lives on Vashon. I live much farther south and we plant bearded irises in July – Sept. When are your optimal bearded iris planting times?

    Looking forward to visiting your guys when I come up to Vashon.

  8. Tom,
    I live in Chehalis and have been trying to grow peaches like I used to in California without a lot of success. I have tried Frost peach and Red Haven but loose the trees after 5-10 years though getting a few peaches on some years. Right now I have a Frost peach and 2 Oregon curl-free peach trees. Fortunately in spite of this year’s rains I have approx. 10 peaches on each tree. I do see signs of leaf curl so the future is not bright.
    How could I get a Nanaimo peach start? Where can they be purchased?

  9. Hi Tom,
    I was wondering how I can tell when to harvest my Blacktail Mountain watermelons. This is my first year trying them and as you know the weather in the NW has been great this summer. I have some that are fairly large and the plants have been in since June 1st. No signs of the stems drying up just yet. It is all I can do to let them all remain on the vine. 🙂
    Thank you for your help with this.

    • Hi Jannene, that’s awesome! Patience pays off here. Wait for the stem to dry up, that is where the stem meets the melon, that’s the indicator. I know its tough but the longer you wait until that time, the sweeter the melon, most likely. Good luck.

  10. Good Afternoon Tom,

    Is the farm available to visit? We are heading to Vashon tomorrow to drop our nephew off for a weekend wedding and doing a little drive around. I hope to visit old haunts from when I lived there too many years ago and explore some new places. I love dahlias and grow them here in Bellingham, but thought it would be fun to see your place.

    Wishing you the best, either way.

    Take cares,

  11. hi Tom Chris here in Queensland, Australia- subtropical climate. Having trouble with Galeaux Frenchies- lovely healthy vines, pumpkins look great- tget to about 5 inches or even to a foot across and suddenly go soft and pithy and fall off. They’ve definitely been pollenated and look like they’re really on their way then wham ! Gone soft. Soil is rich and full of organics. Any ideas ?

    • Hi Chris, hmmm, that’s a head-scratcher alright. It sure sounds like a pollination issue, but you said that’s happening. Maybe give it a try with hand pollination just to be sure, that is take one of the male flowers and remove the petals and pay a visit to the female fruit flower. I wonder about humidity and high temperature during flowering stage. I did a little research, and it may be about too much nitrogen in the soil and/or to high temperatures during flowering stage and fruit set. Here’s the article for respected Purdue University: Good luck and thanks for the visit from Queensland, which by the way, I grew some gorgeous Queensland Blue pumpkins a couple years ago. Well wishes, from the cooler latitudes! 😉

  12. Hi, I sent you an email via the contact form, not sure it went thru. It’s 2 questions about Tulameen raspberries. When you answer, will it be an email or here?
    Thanks, Mimi H

  13. 1. I’m in MT in zone 5, have Tulameen, this is second year. The growth this year is already over my head. I’ve cut canes off that are coming up outside the berry row, but should I top this years canes right now? Should I keep them at certain height throughout summer?
    2 this is first year blackberry freedom thornless. Do I tip them throughout summer and keep them at certain height?
    3 should I fertilize raspberries and blackberries, when and with what?
    Thanks, mimi

    • Hi Mimi,
      Since you’re in zone 5, you may not want to tip your berry canes until after winter. You can see where freeze damage is and cut from there. And berries are quite forgiving, you can just leave them alone in the pruning department and get berries, but a little tipping will produce more I’ve found.

  14. I don’t see my questions. Hmmm.
    1. Should I keep my Tumsleens tipped all summer to certain height?
    2. Should I tip blackberries Freedom also or let them grow straight up? Do they need to branch?
    The tumsleens grow straight canes, is that correct or do I want them branching?
    I’ve read your pruning info, just not sure if I should be tipping and pruning during summer growth.

    • Hi Mimi, to answer your questions:
      1. I do tip or cut my Tulameens back to about five feet tall. You can do that now or wait until the canes are dormant and leafless.
      2. And my tipping thornless blackberries you get more lateral shoots which produce more blossoms and berries.
      3. The Tulameens won’t branch out until next year’s growing season, when they break dormancy.
      4. I tip my raspberry canes so they don’t topple over when laden with fruit. You can leave them untrimmed, but you’ll likely need support for the canes.
      Hope this helps,

  15. Thanks Tom.
    I just love your website, plus I follow you on IG. Your pies look delicious. I’m so glad I found your site and photos of your jamming, “put-ups”, as my grandmother used to say, are beautiful. Thanks for your berry info!
    Keep the photos coming!

  16. Hey Tom,

    My name is Tim Horton and I’m the advertising partnerships manager at JvPartnersNow.

    We would like to advertise some of our Family & Lifestyle related clients on your blog.

    Can you please let me know which Advertising options you offer ?

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    Take care,

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  17. RE: Favorite Fruit Trees: Apples, Pluots and Pears, Oh My! This is about the best Sunday morning “read”, ever! Thank you so much!

  18. Hi friend. Good talking your ears off yesterday. And I was so enchanted that I forgot to write down the name of that small nursery that has own root roses that is NOT Heirloom Roses here in Oregon. Whaddya say? XoES


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