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Comment by David Johnson on June 26, 2009 at 3:40pm
My basil growing experiment:

Location 1 is indoors on an east facing window sill that gets good moring sun. I have cut it back 3 times since mid-April. I did this last year and was pick basil until November.

Location 2 is on my deck in a 14" pot with filtered afternoon sun. Harvested three large bunches last weekwhen it was about 1 ft tall. Leaves were almost 2" across.

Location 3 is in a raised be with full sun all day. No harvest yet but it is up around 6".

Basil is supposed to thrive in full sun but my best locations are on the deck and indoors with less sun.

Comment by Rebecca Nelson on August 26, 2009 at 5:59pm
New magazine that folks might be interested in: Urban Farm Magazine.

A little more about the publication found here, on Homegrown Evolution:
Comment by Maia on September 3, 2009 at 1:31am
Beekeepers will be interested in this article in the New York Times - interviews with a variety of bee experts:
Comment by Brooke Richardson on September 3, 2009 at 8:40am
I found the information about Cider making safety and expertise. Acidic = safer
Comment by Julianne on January 16, 2010 at 7:06pm
Rebecca, I've been buying things from Raintree for years. They're located in Morton, WA and are great about being very specific as to which varieties do best in our region - Rescue & Orcas are two they've highlighted in the most recent catalog. Also consider any of the Asian Pears, which do very well in our region. Burnt Ridge is also another nursery, located in Onalaska, WA, that specializes in fruits/nuts for the NW - here's a link to their website: And, for additional recommendations, check out the Western WA Fruit Research Foundation (

btw, no matter what you end up choosing, making sure that the variety is both fireblight and scab resistant will go a long ways toward making your fruit growing a much easier, and enjoyable, experience!
Hope that helps!
Comment by Julianne on January 16, 2010 at 7:31pm
Rebecca, I just remembered something else to consider - pears need other pear varieties as pollinizers unless the variety you're considering is specifically noted to be self-fertile, which means you'll need 2 pear trees for successful fruit growing unless you've got a neighbor with a pear tree whose blooming time (early/mid/late season) coincides with whatever you end up getting. Even the self-fertile varieties will produce better/larger crops with cross pollination from another variety.

I just checked on distance requirements and found this from The California Backyard Orchard, sponsored by the University of CA:
In planting for pollination, a fruit tree that needs a pollinator needs it close by. A maximum distance of 100 feet is suggested, but the closer the better. Bees that carry pollen are unlikely to fly back and forth if distance between trees is greater.

That distance is equivalent to probably two houses/lots in any direction from you (unless you live in a neighborhood with non-standard lots) which makes for a good argument in favor of mapping all the fruit tree locations within our neighborhoods so we all could make use of that information >;-)

Raintree does have a great pollinizer chart in their hardcopy catalog, so I'm imagining the same info will be on the website. The late blooming Asians overlap the early blooming European pears and will successfully pollinate them.
Comment by Lacia Lynne Bailey on January 16, 2010 at 9:38pm
Fruit tree mapping for pollination and disease/pest info is a great idea, imho. I'm involved with CityFruit and they have a mapping tool at that we can use to start with.

I tried to get a big mapping event done last summer when the mapping online tool was new, in conjunction with Community Harvest and the big Summer Fruit Festival I organize but we also had the plant sale and it was one too many things...

At our last City Fruit board meeting there was an interesting discussion about taking a neighborhood and working together as a community to help folks completely eliminate maggot and coddling moth from the neighborhood. If it can be done successfully in one neighborhood, maybe that can be a model for others.

I live near Eckstein Middle school if we want to start near there, or if there's a critical mass of folks in another NE neighborhood I'm more happy to meet with folks and share the ideas, protocols and solutions to likely obstacles that we came up with.
Comment by Julianne on January 16, 2010 at 10:11pm
Lacia, I'm definitely interested in this, although my time right now is somewhat oversubscribed as I'm a freelance bookkeeper in my day-life and this is tax season... but let's see if anyone else would like to participate and then go from there. I think this would definitely be a very good thing to do!
Comment by Lacia Lynne Bailey on January 16, 2010 at 10:47pm
we can start as you suggested by mapping our own and the ones we know on our block(s). We can see if anyone chimes in about wanting to do the "clean neighborhood" part.
Comment by Julianne on January 16, 2010 at 11:09pm
that sounds great! I'll also send out a request to the listserv for my own neighborhood, Cedar Park, at the same time.


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