Alice Doyle is a co-founder of the Oregon wholesale nursery Log House Plants, an established trend setter renowned for excellence and innovation. The first grower in the United States to offer grafted vegetables to home gardeners, Log House Plants seeks the best of traditional edibles and food crops of tomorrow. They distribute annuals, vegetables, perennials, and herbs to the fine independent nurseries of the PNW, and grafted vegetables nationally through SuperNaturals Grafted Vegetables LLC with Plug Connection and Garden America. Log House has a long history of coordination and support of the OSU Master Gardeners program.
Gardening with Grafted Vegetables. During this lively presentation, Alice Doyle of Log House Plants will define and describe methods of grafting vegetables for improved vigor, health, and productivity. Her overview will include some background on grafting as well as current trends, both for farmers and commercial growers and for home gardeners. You’ll learn how scion and root stock are tested and matched for optimal success. and how soils and growing procedures affect the process and the plants. Alice will also outline ongoing research by members of the USDA-funded Consortium of Universities which investigates ways to reduce agricultural dependence on methyl bromide through improved grafted methods and techniques. Special guest Harry Olson, Master Gardener extraordinaire, will demonstrate his award winning method of getting maximum production from grafted tomato plants.