The Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers presents Tom Addison on growing White Sapotes in Northern California. Many varieties are discussed!
Dan Willey, the “fruitmentor”, discusses new citrus varieties with the Monterey Bay California Rare Fruit Growers. Wondering what new varieties are coming up? Dan’s presentation solicits ideas from the growers’ group.
Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers meeting May 10, 2021 to discuss techniques and questions about thinning fruit and about trapping gophers. Presented by Freddy Menge and Sharon Zo.
Two great topics in one meeting — “Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds” presented by Jo Ann Baumgartner of Wild Farm Alliance, and “Elderberries, the Tiny but Mighty Native Super Fruit” presented by Katie Reneker from Carmel Berry Company.
Nate Blackmore discusses Santa Cruz County microclimates and the varieties suitable for successful fruiting in Santa Cruz County, California.
The Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers presents Ellen Baker and Freddy Menge discussing tactics for success in growing Avocados in Northern California. Included are tips regarding varieties of interest in the Central Coast area.
Barath Raghavan discusses his experiences with Subtropicals and Tropicals in California Agrosystems, including notes on various species and cultivars that may be suitable in central California coast locales.
In this video, Freddy demonstrates cleft grafting via a proven method that has gotten many local newbies propagating deciduous fruit trees for the first time. He makes mention of knife style (and “caveman grip”), cleft graft technique, the physiology of grafting (cambium contact), tensioning and sealant materials (demonstrating an inexpensive and effective graft with masking tape), and post-graft training (removal of competing shoots).
California winters are a mixed bag. Cold weather, rains, sleeping plants and of course scion exchanges. After the scion exchanges in January I get antsy for fruit and looking at pictures isn’t enough.
This February I packed up my family – plus my parents, my brother and our significant others into the plane to our timeshare in Princeville on Kauai. We’ve been to Kauai several times and each time we’ve been able to experience something new. This time was no different. Having done all of the usual tourist activities, and seen the recommended botanical gardens (National Tropical Botanical Gardens are a must), I opted this trip to find more local growers to get a real feel for Hawaii fruit life.Continue reading “Kauai – enough fruit to make a Californian jealous”
Cherries on the Monterey Bay? Is that possible? Do we have the chill? Depending on who you’re listening to, and what you are choosing as your planting site, the answers can run the gamut.
Cherryvale and other parts of Soquel were known for their extensive acreage devoted to commercial cherry orchards up into the 1960s. It is also common knowledge we are in an observable trend toward warmer average winter temperatures, so is successful cherry-growing a thing of the past?Continue reading “Growing Cherries on the Monterey Bay”