[NAFEX] Re Membership
Clifford Cain - uk yahoo
cc_syorks at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Feb 14 12:35:09 EST 2008
I should first declare that I am not a member, am in the UK and
thoroughly enjoy reading the email list on ibiblio. I grow and graft
apples on a domestic scale, having a garden 28 x 14 meters,
predominantly growing apples as vertical and oblique cordons, to
maximise space. I am interested in heritage apples, but grow some modern
cultivars (cvs). I also have collections Quince (Cydonia oblonga) 8cvs,
9cvs of container grown blueberries and several blackcurrants 5cvs,
redcurrants 6 cvs, whitecurrants 2cvs and gooseberries 7cvs. The
climate of the UK is different from North America, but am advised that
it is similar to Washington or BC without the extremes of heat or cold.
We have just had a few bright warm days (10°C) today is overcast, grey
and cold (3°C). Quince rootstocks are just beginning to burst leaf, but
not flowers on fruit as yet. This movement is early.
I am a member of the Northern Fruit Group, a society of 384 members
predominantly amateur growers, some professionals who share a common
interest in fruit growing. It is an active group covering the whole of
the North of England, offering members free summer and winter pruning,
grafting and budding. Membership is £5 per year and includes 4 news
letters which are 4 to 8 sheets of A4, b&w text. Also have 4 meetings a
year the August meeting being a visit. Speakers are invited to the
I am also a member of the RHS and the RHS Fruit group, but as the
activities are at Wisley I do not get down to their meetings, just read
their quarterly newsletter. I do not belong to any other gardening type
Why am I not a member of NAFEX?
*One reason* - I do not have a credit card. If I had I would part with
the cash. If the option to use Paypal I would use it
If the list was restricted to members, I would not have found out about
I have learned a number of interesting fact, for instance the recent
conversation regarding dwarfing inter stock pear and using Conference.
On one of the NFG's allotment sites, pears on Quince do not grow. As a
result of this thread, we are not going to try inter stock of conference
on Pyrus communis and see if that performs.
OK some of the items are definitely parochial; when talking of a product
like grafting latex, I had to google for a translation as we only use
grafting wax. But that just adds to my knowledge.
No name change - at least the group name highlights where the majority
of people are coming from.
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