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The Leaflet is the Central Coast chapter's newsletter, written by Lori Bright

2018


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March

California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter


Meeting March 10, 2018
people standing in a large room watching instructor
After demonstrating how to cleft-graft a scion to rootstock, Larry Hollis shows us how to do two types of bud grafts. Photo by Dara Manker.
Propagation & Grafting Seminar Extraordinaire!

Larry explains how deeply the grafting knife should cut the rootstock for the cleft graft. Photo by Tucker Schmidt
For our March Meeting Larry Hollis held a Grafting Seminar Extraordinaire! Due to the rain we held it indoors and Larry did a great job of keeping us all under control, engrossed and well-involved.

Larry gave us descriptors for several methods of propagation. He explained why and when it’s best to use each method. Some propagation techniques discussed were: air layering, cuttings and even when it’s best to use plain old seed. Then we moved onto grafting.

Chuong and Marv provide expert advice and guidance to grafters. Photo by Dara Manker.
Art and Larry discuss the upcoming meeting while the rootstock stand by, awaiting new owners. Photo by Tucker Schmidt
So why do we graft? In short, for control of tree size, disease control and to produce fruit sooner. What can be grafted to what you might ask, well Larry has the answers here too. When we graft between plants of the same genus and species we will have the best luck. If we graft between two plants of the same genus alone (not the same species as well) it is more “iffy”. In the genus Prunus we have cherries, plums, apricots, peach, nectarine and almond. You could, in fact buy yourself a grafted tree of a selection of these species. Better yet, graft one yourself. Know your rootstock and you can build your own Tree Cocktail.

Today, Larry taught us about cleft grafting, chip budding, and other modes of joining rootstock to scion wood. The best time to graft is when the bark begins to slip and always make sure that the cambium layers match up. Today the crew, under Larry’s supervision, used a cleft graft to graft 100 apple trees.

Thanks Larry. That was simply Amazing!

Thanks also to the students from Cal Poly and Cuesta for helping out. What great energy! You guys made the day Fun for all of us.
Cal Poly Fruit Science student checks a scion cut to ensure a successful graft. Photo by Dara Manker.
Cal Poly student volunteers help aspiring grafters become successful ones. Photo by Dara Manker.
Thank you Cal Poly Fruit Science and Cuesta students for taking the time to volunteer at our meeting. We loved your being completely engaged and engaging... you were outstanding! Photo by Mark Woefle
Thanks to Nell for the Plant Smorgasbord! Let’s not forget that these plants were lovingly raised and donated, so thanks to everyone that brought in their plants to share. What a fabulous selection of goodies and Free to Boot!

Another successful and educational meeting.
Larry holds up a bag of Kellogg (G&B) potting soil. Thank you Kellogg for donating soil for our grafting education meetings! Photo by Mark Woefle
Yessss! This is what it's all about!!! Photo by Mark Woefle


Announcements

Orchard Maintenance Saturday, April 28th, 2018.
Time: 9am - noon
We're doing maintenance of the CRFG Central Coast Chapter Demonstration Orchard. Come help thin fruit, fix drip lines, pull weeds, weed wack, and fill gopher/squirrel holes!



Marv & Tucker Graft To Donate to Non-Profits!

Photo by Keri Tucker

Central Coast CRFG Members Marv Daniels and Tucker Schmidt have been busy grafting apple scions to rootstock. They will donate these trees to non-profit groups, most of which are in SLO county. Marv has been doing this for quite some time, and Tucker has been helping for several years now.

By the way, if you missed Marv's article about how he started apple grafting, be sure to read it in last month's newsletter!

Here is a partial list of the non-profits that have received their trees:

Photo by Keri Tucker
  • Afternoon of Epicurean Delight
  • Arroyo Grande Village Summer Concert Series
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County
  • Cambria Historical Society
  • CAPS
  • CASA of San Luis Obispo County
  • Central Coast Aquarium, Avila Beach
  • Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers Organization
  • Central Coast Roadroad Festival
  • Central Coast Woman's League
  • Central Coast Woodcarvers
  • Center for Creative Thought
  • ECOSLO
  • Family Care Network inc
  • Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County
  • Fort Hope
  • GleanSLO
  • Goleta Valley Railroad Club in Goleta, CA
  • Heritage Days, Cambria
  • Hesperia Hall Quilt Show
  • Hi Mountain Lookout
  • Jubilee by the Sea
  • KELRIK Productions
  • Los Padres Forest Association
  • Nacitone Museum Organization
  • Noor Foundation
  • Opera San Luis Obispo
  • Pacific Repertory Opera
  • Quiet Star Center
  • RSVP
  • San Antonio Valley Historical Association
  • San Luis Lighthouse Association
  • San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club inc
  • San Luis Obispo City Parks and Recreation
  • Senior Nutrition Program
  • SLO Bigs
  • SLO Buddist Temple
  • SLO CASA
  • SLO Co., 4-H
  • SLO Symphony
  • South Bay Woman's Network
  • Stepping Stones
  • St. Patrick School Catholic School
  • Senior Volunteer Services
  • Wine Waves & Beyond
  • Woman's Alliance Hospice SL


Recently Updated in Website

 

2018

Feb
2018 Annual Scion Exchange And Grafting Workshop   -   Gleanings From the Past: Marv Daniel's Journey in Apple Grafting
Jan
2018 Annual Pruning Workshop   -   Dr. Lauren Garner's 8 Tips for Successful Backyard Deciduous Fruit Tree Pruning
 

2017

Dec
December Holiday Party   -   Bee Better! Presentation on Bees by Marcel Mueller   -   EcoFarm's Seed & Scion Swap on Jan 25
Nov
November Meeting at the home of Claudia Callwood and Joe Berkman: Ron Ludekens from L. E. Cooke speaks about Bare-Root Fruit Trees   -   CRFG Education Booth at the SLO Arbor Day Celebration
Oct
October Meeting: Sharing "Our Favorite Fruits" with the members of the SLO Botanical Gardens
Sep
September Meeting: Tim and Judelon LaSalle: A New Paradigm for Soil Health   -   Recent Updates to Website
Aug
August Meeting: Les Ferreira's Garden and Introduction to the Art of Bonsai   -   2017 Scholarship Awardees   -   Announcements   -   Recent Updates to Website
Jun
Remembering Art Henzgen   -   June Meeting: Redstone Apple Ranch   -   Recent Updates to Website
Feb
Pictures from 2017 Annual Scion Exchange
Jan
January meeting: Annual Pruning Workshop

 

2016- Year of the Edible Landscape, A to Z, Apples to Zapotes, San Luis Obispo CA

Dec
Holiday Potluck Luncheon Recap
Mar/Apr
Members encouraged to join in Festival of Fruit 2016 planning   -   Demonstration Orchard pruning workday in February   -   Annual Scion Exchange in February   -   Annual Propagation meeting announcement March 12   -   Semi-Dwarf rootstock R 225 - OHXF 333 arrival
Jan/Feb
Festival of Fruit planning   -   Annual pruning meeting   -   Annual Scion Exchange reminder

 

2015- Year of the Drought Tolerant Fruits, San Diego CA

Nov/Dec
November chapter meeting at Hearst Castle   -   Faux rock workshop   -   Annual holiday meeting announcement   -   Request for Festival of Fruit 2016 planners and volunteers   -   Request for membership renewals
Sep/Oct
September chapter meeting at SLO Botanical Gardens   -   October chapter meeting: Les' garden tour; 3 Cal Poly students awarded scholarships   -   July chapter meeting: Peter and Gabrielle Robins' garden tour; Art Henzgen honored   -   Growing sapotes on the central coast   -   San Diego Festival of Fruit write-up; Art DeKleine honored   -   Master Gardeners' Tomato Extravaganza write-up
Jul/Aug
July mtg announcement   -   No August meeting due to San Diego Festival of Fruit   -   Listserv announcement   -   May chapter meeting: Don and Roxy James' blueberry orchard   -   June chapter meeting: Barney, Alisha and Ky Taff- jujubes at Rock Front Ranch
May/Jun
May and June meeting announcments   -   April chapter meeting at the Avila Barn   -   Request for volunteers to maintain the CRFG orchard at Cal Poly

 

2014- HOS / NAFAX / CRFG Joint Meeting, Troutdale Oregon


No newsletters in 2014!

 

2013- Year of the Hawaiian Fruit, Hawai'i

Mar/Apr
VermiCompost/worm castings   -   Pruning demo from "guest pruner" Mike Cirone   -   This history of Corned Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes   -   2013 Scion Exchange and Grafting Clinic   -   The Blueberry Years book review
Jan/Feb
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2012 - Year of the Heirloom Fruit, Santa Rosa

Nov/Dec
Write-ups for the Festival of Fruit 2012: "Year of the Heirloom" and 2nd annual Heirloom Exposition   -   Excerpted from “Of Gardens” from The Essays or Counsels of Sir Francis Bacon   -   Persimmon Cookie Recipe   -   Making apple juice at SLO Creek Farms   -   How to deal with peach leaf curl   -   Access Amazon.com for your purchases via the link on this page of the CRFG website and a small percentage of your purchase price will be given to CRFG.
Sep/Oct
UCCE Master Gardeners' Sixth Annual Tomato Extravaganza   -   Websites to purchase inexpensive grafting supplies   -   Local Food Purchase Program   -   Plants in Mythology   -   Gluten Free Banana Muffins   -   Book review of Mary Moss-Sprague's (Master Gardener and osteoarthritis sufferer) new book Stand Up and Garden   -   Write-up of July meeting at Joe Sabol's garden
Jul/Aug
House Guests of the Feathered (Barn Owl) Kind   -   Passing of Clifford Chapman   -   CRFG Scholarships   -   Aroma Tea Shop in San Francisco   -   Compost Donation for CRFG Central Demonstration Orchard   -   Careful Use of Rodenticides   -   Fresh Apple Cake Recipe   -   Book review of Chemistry and Applications of Green Tea   -   Food in History: Kimch'i   -   Peach Leaf Curl
May/Jun

Mar/Apr
Write-up of the Central Coast Chapter's Annual Scion Exchange in February, with a Tribute to "Dr. D"   -   Grafting Lessons for Students   -   In Memory of Gene Santos   -   Avocado Database   -   Book review of The Year 1000, What Life Was Like at The Turn of the First Millennium   -   Recipe for Spiced Sautéed Carrots with Pecans   -   Book review of Golden Gate Gardening ... San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California   -   January Pruning with Guest Pruner Professor Dan Lassanske: "every branch, every year!"
Jan/Feb
The Garden of the Seven Sisters   -   Treasure Hunt in See Canyon: the Perfect Apple of Dr. D   -   Tree Collards   -   New CRFG Inc., Marketplace Managers   -   First ever CRFG Central Chapter Scholarships Awarded   -   PG&E Community Service Award given to CRFG Central Chapter for Apple Grafting Project   -   Los Olivos Rotary Club Foundation donation buys rootstock for Apple Grafting Project   -   CRFG Central Demonstration Orchard pampered with compost and straw   -   In Memory of Dr. Tom Ruehr   -   Cranberries   -   Evelyn's Berry Buttermilk Frozen Dessert

 

2011 - Year of the Pomegranate, Arizona

Sep/Oct
Lawns to Food Demonstration Garden   -   Purslane: Weed or Food?   -   3 Dragon Fruit Blossoms   -   News from Owen Baynham   -   Marketplace Manager Opening   -   Story: Help When It's Needed   -   Mehe's Rice Salad Recipe   -   Oranges and Lemons in Britain   -   Film review of Pranzo di Ferragosto   -   July meeting: Blackburn Ranch in Bradley   -   Scholarship Awards   -   Olive Trees in Iraq and SLO   -   August meeting: Chapman Estate in Pismo Beach; Bob Ludekens educates us on "chill hours"
Jul/Aug
Veteran Farmers: veterans across the country are joining the agricultural movement as they retire from the military and return home to farm   -   News from Slovakia   -   The New Central Coast Chapter Plant Exchange   -   New Scholarship Program for Cal Poly Ag majors   -     -  
May/Jun
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Mar/Apr
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Jan/Feb
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2010 Volume 13 - Year of the Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit, Los Angeles

Nov/Dec
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2009 Volume 12 - Year of the Olive

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2008 Volume 11 - Year of the Avocado

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2007 Volume 10 - Year of the Mango

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2006 Volume 9 - Year of the Grape

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2005 Volume 8 - Year of the Apple

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2004 Volume 7 - Year of the Berry

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2003 Volume 6 - Year of the Citrus

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2002 Volume 5 - Year of the Banana

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2001 Volume 4 - Year of the Guava

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