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  1. Insect and Disease Control in August

    English: female apple maggot (Rhagoletis pomonella), image taken in Lakewood, Colorado, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the July Growing tips, I wrote about the spotted wing drosophila, a recently introduced fruit fly that has been observed along the western seaboard of the U.S. and into Canada, west of the Rocky Mountains. The female fly deposits her eggs in berries...
  2. Irrigation Is Valuable During Long, Hot Summer Days

    Irrigation Is Valuable During Long, Hot Summer Days
    Drip irrigation in New Mexico vineyard, 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) During the long hot days of summer irrigate as needed to provide the equivalent of 1” of rain per week (enough water to saturate the soil to 1 foot deep). Irrigation is especially valuable for newly planted trees (1-2 years) whose root systems are not fully established deep into...
  3. Keeping Your Espalier in Tip Top Shape

    Keeping Your Espalier in Tip Top Shape
    By Theresa Knutsen:   Fruits trained as a cordon, espalier or dwarf pyramid (3-dimensional espalier) are best pruned in the summer to keep unwanted vigorous shoots controlled. If you keep up with the summer pruning, you won’t have to do any winter pruning, except winter damage. In all espalier forms remove unwanted vigorous shoots at the point of origin. For apples...
  4. Seascape: large, everbearing strawberry

    Seascape: large, everbearing strawberry
    The Seascape strawberry is no longer under-appreciated at Raintree Nursery. The Raintree Inventory Manager Tina Cline's hand is pictured on our spring cover surrounded by delicious and as you can see very large Seascape everbearing strawberries.  The berries were grown by Raintree's own Pedro Velasco. Seascape bears for many months starting in July. The berries are very large and flavorful and...
  5. Consider the lowly lingonberry

    Consider the lowly lingonberry
    Lingonberry — also called cowberry, foxberry, mountain cranberry, csejka berry, red whortleberry, lowbush cranberry, mountain bilberry, and partridgeberry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Lingonberries are great edible ornamentals. You would want to plant them as a beautiful in all seasons evergreen groundcover even if they didn't produce lots of wonderful tasty red berries. We offer many productive varieties. Our most popular...
  6. Are My Apples Ripe?

    Are My Apples Ripe?
    In the Pacific Northwest, the earliest varieties are often ready to start picking by mid-August. If you are not sure when you should start checking the varieties in your yard for their ripeness, review our ripening order list on our website under plant care or consult the Raintree catalog. Some people like their fruit more green and tart, others more...
  7. Organic Weed Control

    Organic Weed Control
    Malus sylvestris at Vosseslag - De Haan, Belgium (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Control weeds and keep grass short around bushes and trees and among recently planted ground covers. Maintain a minimum 3’ diameter circle for each tree or shrub that is free of competing weeds. If there are a lot of weeds coming up in your new groundcover planting, lay...
  8. Try Our Pluerry's. These plum x cherry crosses are delicious.

    Try Our Pluerry's. These plum x cherry crosses are delicious.
    A delicious fruit that we enjoy eating each summer here at Raintree Nursery is the Pluerry which is the name for a plum crosses with a cherry. The one we planted first that is farthest along in its bearing is the variety Sweet Treat. It is a cross of a Japanese Plum and Sweet Cherry. It is pollinated by another...
  9. Sam Benowitz's Top 12 Apples

    Sam Benowitz's Top 12 Apples
    Apples are an all-American success story-each of us eats more than 19 pounds of them annually.(Photo credit: Wikipedia) I've chosen the following apples because they are reliable producers for us here at Raintree Nursery and most are disease resistant.  I've added the variety Karmijn for its outstanding complex flavor even though it is not as disease resistant as the...

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