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In Bloom: Salish Peach

Most nurseries in the Pacific Northwest only sell one Dwarf Peach variety - the “Frost”...and I’ve killed three of those, one in every house I owned in the past. Potted, in the ground, using copper, letting it go, didn’t matter - by the end of the season, leaf curl or wet soil or other evils had taken them down.

So this year I was bound and determined to find a better variety more suited for the area (no matter what the Big Nursery in Town said) and it turns out there are many which suit our climate, zone, all that jazz. But the best one I found out over and over was the Salish Peach. Which makes sense, as it was literally tested for years just a few miles from us at the WSU Research Station, a primo agricultural education center in the region and named for the indigenous name of Puget Sound and its people. How beautiful is that!

Knock on wood the fourth time’s a charm...

"Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.” ~ Alice Walker


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