We are pleased to offer our areas widest assortment of plants that feature edible fruits or leaves. Allow our years of local expertise to assist you in your garden.
Berries and More
In February and March you will find our best selection of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, asparagus, rhubarb, marionberries and more. These plants are sold bare root in this early spring season which allows you to obtain our lowest prices before they are potted. Many of these plants are also available in containers throughout the spring and summer.
Local Experts on Fruit Trees
Looking to make applesauce, cherry pie, or do you desire sweet plums for fresh eating? We have the fruit tree for you. Squak Mt. Nursery has boasted one of our regions finest selections of fruit trees since 1980. This year we have even more varieties for your enjoyment. Using our local expertise, our staff identifies varieties that will thrive in our wet, cool Puget Sound climate. If you live in North Bend we may encourage you to plant different types of fruit trees than someone living in a warmer area such as Mercer Island. Partnering with gardeners in our area allows us to pass along local knowledge that assures sweet success in future harvests.
Here are the highlights from our 2016 crop:
Apples – From Akane to William’s Pride, more than a dozen varieties!
Apricot – Puget Gold
Cherries – Sweet and tart (for pies) varieties.
Fig – (potted)
Nectarine – Hardy Red
Peaches – Frost
Pears – European and Asian varieties.
Plums and Prunes – many varieties.
Combination fruit trees – more than one variety on a single trunk (for example 4 varieties of peaches on one tree)
Espaliered fruit trees – trained to grow flat, such as against a sunny fence or wall
Fresh, healthy, affordable and tasty food can be enjoyed by your family when you plant a vegetable garden. By growing your own vegetables you can pick your own varieties and can control the way they are grown. Good exercise and fresh air are an added bonus. Here are some tips for when to plant on the Eastside.
Cool season vegetables can tolerate some frost. They include artichokes, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach and swiss chard. All cool season vegetables can be sown from seed or transplanted from starts. Starts can typically be placed out starting in late March.
Warm season vegetables need to be planted after all threat of frost has passed. This is typically around Mother’s Day in our area. We recommend planting these vegetables outdoors starting in mid-May at the earliest: beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, any kind of melon, peppers, pumpkins, tomatoes, and squash. These can be put in earlier but cool weather makes them sulk, and they may contract diseases. June is the best time to put out heat loving vegetables like eggplant and herbs like basil.
You can get a jump on the season by using transplants of these warm season vegetables. Already small plants when you select them in May or June, these veggies will produce an earlier harvest, which is of great importance in our cool maritime climate. Squak Mt. has a great supply of seeds, vegetable starts, compost and organic fertilizers to make your vegetable garden a success.