California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter
November 2019 Newsletter
by Lori Bright
November 9th, 2019: Carol and Robert Scott's Garden
A most fantabulous day for a Rare Fruit Grower! We met today at Robert and Carol Scott’s on The Mesa.
The Scott’s have lived in their home for 42 years and have obviously used that time - as an enthusiastic RFG would - to grow every fruit they could get their hands on. They didn’t stop there though, they also have a plethora of Proteaceae and succulents.
Being artists (both of them), their yard is adorned with quirky, fun and ornate pieces of garden art.
We started our meeting with Alisha thanking Tucker for helping with meetings while Alisha was unavailable.
Tucker has done a wonderful job but it’s great to see you too Alisha!
Does anybody want to host a meeting at their home? We’re open to ideas.
Next meeting will be our Pot Luck at the P G and E Center. To be held at Noon on Dec 14. Bring a dish and any plants for our raffle.
Sheri asks that if you haven’t yet, come visit our Facebook page.
It’s a lovely page: come join, share, learn and inform others.
The Scott’s property is 2.4 acres and it is chalk full of amazing plants. The Scott’s are big proponents of growing their plants from seed, simply amazing! I have made an effort to list many of the edibles. Though this list isn’t “All Inclusive”, you’ll get the idea of just how incredible their place is. Bear with me while I try to list them in a nomenclature that could be understood by everybody. I’ll first list Genus, species then Common Names and ultimately cultivar names or just “Many” meaning several cultivars or seedlings. These are in no special order, so maybe use your imagination and visualize yourself walking through their garden as you read.
|Genus Species||Common Name||Cultivar Names (or "Many" if several cultivars or seedlings)|
|Eugenia uniflora||Pitanga, Surinam Cherry||Vermillion and more...|
|Garcinia, several species||Loquat||Big Jim and seedings|
|Clausena excavata||Pink Wampee|
|Clausena sp||Cinnamon Wampee|
|Eugenia aggregata||Cherry of the Rio Grand|
|Casimiroa edulis||White Sapote||Vernon|
|Casimiroa tetramera||Wooly leaved Sapote|
|Pouteria sapota||Mamey Sapote|
|Ficus carica||Fig Tree||Over a dozen cultivars|
|Murraya koenigii||Curry Tree|
|Juglans regia||Walnut Tree||Seedlings and Carmelo|
|Psidium guajava||Tropical Guava||Several with one called “Orange” by some Old-timers|
|Psidium catteyanum||Strawberry Guava|
|Psidium catteyanum littorale||Lemon or Yellow Guava|
|Feijoa sellowiana||Pineapple Guava|
|Asimina triloba||Pawpaw||Sunflower, Mango and Seedlings|
|Maclura tricuspidata||Che Fruit Tree||A pollinating pair|
|Gleditsia triacanthos||Honey Locust|
|Butia capitata||Jelly Palm|
|Bunchosia argentea||Peanut Butter Fruit Tree|
|Compomanesia phaca||Flying Saucer Fruit Tree|
|Dovyalis caffra||Kei Apple|
|Olea europaea||Fruiting Olive Tree||Pendolino|
|Macadamia integrifolia||Macadamia Nut Tree|
|Diospyros virginiana||American Persimmon|
|Diospyros texana||Texas Persimmon|
|Diospyros kaki||Japanese Persimmon or Kaki|
|Punica granatum||Pomegranate||Several including a Scott’s original named “Blond Azure”|
As you might guess they also have a Citrus collection including Cara Cara Orange, Lisbon Lemons, two pummelo crosses called “Cocktail” and Poorman’s Orange, Owari Mandarins. They have Apples, Pears, Asian Pears, Plums, Pluots, Peaches and I’m sure I missed many. As for smaller fruit-bearing plants, they have Solanum muricatum - Pepino Dulce, Vanilla planifolia – Vanilla Bean Orchid, Ananas comosus – Pineapple, Lycium barbarum – Goji Berry, Capparis spinosa – Capper plant and so much more....
As for Pearls of Wisdom:
The Scott’s share that if they buy trees, they buy from Burnt Ridge Nursery and Orchards.
They purchase their cool gopher traps from Trapline Products.
They have horse poop delivered weekly and use every bit that they can get their hands on.
They collect seeds and grow incredible plants. Robert says that it’s All about Patience.
CRFG Booth at Arbor Day, Saturday, November 2nd, 10-noon.The CRFG Central Coast Chapter was represented at the San Luis Obispo Arbor Day festival.
Joe brought Dragon Fruit cuttings, Marv brought the sign as well as a carload of plants to sell, pineapple guava fruit, a pop-up and grafting tools. Manny brought plants to Marv to sell, and Tucker brought trees to sell. Seth brought tables and some plants to sell.
Thank you CRFG volunteers!
Orchard Work Day: October 26, 2019
Eighteen people showed up and knocked out all the work by 11am! Weeds whacked, fallen tree signs rehung, broken drip emitters repaired or replaced, area under sycamore tree cleaned up and trash removed! Jujubes, Pettingill and Red Fuji apples, and a few asian pears were ripe and enjoyed!
Donations of Apple Trees Grafted by Marv Daniels and Tucker Schmidt
CRFG is well represented by Central Coast members Marv Daniels and Tucker Schmidt. They grafted apple scions
to one hundred root stock this year alone, and then gave the trees away to organizations they wanted to support.
They paid for the rootstock, acquired the containers and potting mix, grafted, planted, fertilized, watered and then
cared for these trees to donate them to organizations around the county!
A list of organizations that received grafted apple trees so far this year:
- 4H Field Day
- Academy Travel School
- Afternoon of Epicurean Delights
- Arroyo Grande Village Summer
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County
- Canzona Woman's Voice
- Central Coast Aquarium
- Central Coast Railroad Festival
- Center for Creative Thought
- El Camino Homeless Organization
- Fort Hope
- Hi Mt. Lookout
- Jubilee By the Sea
- Noor Foundation
- Opera San Luis Obispo
- Pacific Repertory Opera
- Senior Nutrition Program of San Luis Obispo County
- SLO Co, Golden Retrievers
- Sr. Volunteer Services
- Taste & See - St. Patrick's School
- Vineyard Dog Park
- Wellness Kitchen
Thank you Marv and Tucker!!!
- The About page has been updated with 2019 Scholarship information.
- The Orchard History page has been updated with June 29, 2019 Work Day and October 26, 2019 Work Day information.
EcoSlo Guided Hikes
Alisha provides us with this list of free, local, docent-led hikes from EcoSlo. She says, "For CRFG members needing to take a break from weeding and harvesting and canning the fruits of their labor, here is a fun way to get out and about on some guided hikes in the SLO area."