Nutting Bumpus is an apple, seedling of Duchess of Oldenburg and arising in the state of Maine, to my understanding. If some people look it up and seek it out, that is a worthy goal to me. I've yet to have the pleasure, either to go to Maine or try Nutting Bumpus.
After most of the five kids were grown the idea came to me to try raising a couple apple trees in my big back yard. That was about fall of 2007. None of the original purchases remain here. Several languished here and later died at the hands of others to whom I gave them, hoping a higher elevation or better soil would make the difference in sustaining the tree and yielding fruit. One I sold, after deciding something else cried to take up that spot.
Keeping ducks out back several years enriched the soil so that the turf has a 5 to 6 inch deep root mass. They were good for most things, although blueberries still merely cling to life.
Apart from Dave Benscoter, no one is growing any of the apples I have chosen in eastern Washington. Some day I hope to compare notes with him. The great challenge here is finding cultivars that can handle our low humidity and ripen fruit in 150 days or less. People will try growing Fuji and Granny Smith and seem puzzled they never come ripe.
I do not spray, although I tried some calcium, meant for tomato blossom end rot, in a hose attachment on Sturmer Pippin last summer. I've crushed eggshells and spread them around its base for worms to drag down. I do that for all my apples, but Sturmer seems to need it most so far.
Since I hope to devote more time and energy to writing, I am looking for fruit that require little time and effort apart from what can be expected seasonally. Redfleshed and russeted may not even need to be wrapped in footies against coddling moth.
I want to build two nest boxes for violet-green swallows, the most common of their kind in these parts. Once they reside here, they might take care of most coddling moths. That is my kind of pest control.
Those cultivars that are in place now are the result of copious reading: Morgan, Facker, Burford, Manhart, Bunker, Watson, Merwin, Swenson, Jacobsen, Bultitude, Coxe, Beach, Alworth and others whose names escape me just now. Most apples here are multi-purpose. Médaille d'Or is the exception, and I hope our summers will promote ripening so it yields in time. If not, Dabinett will probably get top-worked onto it.
I relied heavily on NAFEX and still keep up with it via Facebook, along with the North American Scion Exchange. Sometimes I dabbled in other furims: HOS and the predecessors to this site.
Thank you again for your efforts, Scott.
Two of the trees out back are from cleft grafts I made in '12. Lest you think I am adept at grafting, however, the take rate in top-working has been disappointing so far.
Spokane has some advantages over other areas in that most disease and insect pressure is light. I am thankful. Planting Edelborsdorfer, which dates to 1175 in Germany, makes me feel like a youngster!