Updates From The Farm

Internship 2016 Reflections

We were just reflecting on the internship season we’ve just finished and thought we’d share one of our favorite memories: In week 28 of 35 we are in the heat of summer, interns have drafted most pieces of a business plan, been through most of the heavy technical...

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Inside the Internship: Sean McWay

By Sarah Miller Last month I spoke with intern Sean McWay, a Missouri native, about his time at Cloud Mountain Farm Center.  Sean is drawn to the joys of being outside, working with his hands, and the scientific inquiry farming can provide.  This is an unsurprising...

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The Best Time To Plant

I wanted to expand on my last post about summer planting. A more general question we get in the nursery at Cloud Mountain is "when is the best time to plant?" In our maritime climate, you can plant almost any time of year. But as I discussed in the last post, summer...

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Summer Planting

We're often asked by customers if they can plant this time of year, or should they wait for fall. The simple answer- you can plant if you can water. Having said that, it is best not to plant during a real heat wave, when daytime temperatures are in the mid-80's or...

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Inside the Incubator: Slanted Sun Farm

By Sarah Miller, Cloud Mountain Farm Center Intern Recently I had the pleasure to speak with Anna Morris of Slanted Sun Farm about her experience as an Incubator Farmer at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. The Incubator Farm Program is dedicated to maintaining and improving...

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Multi-variety fruit trees and other musings

It sounds great, doesn't it? 4 or 5 varieties of apple, all on one tree! Both pie and sweet cherries on one tree! How about plums and peaches together-an on-the-tree fruit cocktail! No worries about pollination, long fruiting season....why doesn't Cloud Mountain carry...

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Growing in Containers

We talk to many people these days that want to grow perennial and woody plants in containers. Maybe because they live in an apartment or condo, and don't have a yard, or because they find it easier to manage. But growing plants in containers is actually a little...

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Pear Trees Problems

We're hearing that many people are seeing problems on their pear trees this year. One pest that seems to be showing up is pear blister mite. This little mite overwinters in the bud scales on the trees, waking up as the trees break dormancy, then feeding on the leaves...

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Thinning Fruit

We cannot overemphasize the importance of thinning the young fruit on your trees. Now is a good time to start thinning. Early thinning can also help break the tendency of biennial (every other year) bearing that is common in some apple and pear varieties, and ensuring...

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Orchard Pest Worries

Even though it is early May, people are starting to worry about the two main summer orchard pests in apples- codling moth and apple maggot. The past couple of summers have been warmer than average, and in warm summers, these...

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Living with Deer

Deer are a fact of life for many of us. They are charming to look at, but they can wreak havoc in the garden. Not only do they browse the plants, but the bucks will quickly destroy a plant when rubbing their antlers during the late summer and autumn rut. How can you...

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Growing Figs in the Northwest

Though figs are of Mediterranean origin, they thrive and fruit well in the Pacific Northwest. They produce small embryonic fruit each year in late summer that over winters and ripens the following summer. They are self fertile. There are a few tips that can make a fig...

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