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Pansies are edible


Sunflowers & Jams

Summer's Bounty

We are open Sunday-Wednesday, 1:00-6:00 pm


We are a small nursery that grows most of what we sell, using natural methods and no harmful pesticides. We specialize in tomatoes and all sorts of veggies, herbs, and small fruits, but also offer a selection of flowers, perennials and succulents.


This is what’s in my back yard:




Welcome to my site! The 2018 season will be my second one in Pinehurst. I love having Pine Creek in my back yard, so I’m adding the name PINE CREEK NURSERY to my business. So now I am the Idaho Tomato Lady of Pine Creek, aka Mountain View Farm. Whew! It’s still me growing tomato, pepper and veggie starts, small fruit starts, herbs, perennials and some flowers. I will have more flowers in than last year, but space is very limited. I ordered plugs of two types of mixed cell (Kwik Kombo) starts-three specialty plants growing together. They pop right into hanging baskets for instant results. I grow nasturtiums, edible flowers, scarlet runner beans, and other plants you don’t see in the stores. Squash and Cuke starts are available after May 15, including Tromboncino squash. You will find special pansies, succulents, and Oriental and OT Hybrid lilies, the tall scented ones that bloom in July. Look for surprises!

This year I have three varieties of hardy blackberries, two new raspberries, three new blueberries, currants, everbearing strawberries, and I was able to get four kinds of grapes! I will have nice selection of lavender and all the veggie starts I can grow. As usual, we do not use pesticides. Most of the stock comes in bare root or I grow it from seed, so I know it’s grown clean and tough, with the season, right here in Pinehurst.

The Pinehurst Nursery opens May 1, Sunday-Wednesdays, 1:00-6:00 until at least mid June. On Saturdays we go to the Kootenai Farmers Market (Starting May 12) and I hope to do the Thursday evening market in Kellogg later in the season.

If you are coming from distance to the nursery in Pinehurst, feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy on the creek or visit the Snake Pit a few miles up the river. I look forward to seeing you!




Nasturtiums are Edible



At Market

Summer berries!


FOR 2018
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  RHUBARB          GRAPES      




What we have that's UNIQUE





Burpee discontinued my favorite red slicer, Northern Exposure. It produced good sized fruit on a short plant in 67 days.  So I did some research, and found some early, small- plant substitutes. Legend and Sophie’s Choice have larger fruit, and Aurora and Homeslice are smaller. Burpee recommended Celebrity. I will be trialing them, and hope you will give feedback too.


Trying to grow tomatoes in a valley with cold nights was quite a challenge for me in my new spot!  Even in the high tunnel, production was really slow.  Eventually they did OK, but I guess I was just spoiled up in Hayden.  One big surprise was the amazing production of Taxi, a small plant with good sized yellow tomatoes. It just never quit. If you like low acid fruit, this one would be great for you.  I have abandoned Oregon Spring because after the first fruit, the rest just sat there and rotted.  Another production winner was Black Prince, with smallish brown fruit. Nice to have for salads.


There should be something for everyone in this year’s list. Here’s to a lovely warm summer and lots of luscious tomatoes!

Click here for a look at Susi’s article, “How to Grow Tomatoes Even in North Idaho”

4th OF JULY 49 days  Rich flavor, medium plants
BIG BEEF 73 days Award winning big red beefsteak
CELEBRITY 70 days Mid-season slicer, good flavor & disease resistant
EARLY GIRL  57 days Early, 4 oz. fruit
GOLIATH 65 days By request, huge fruit with sweet taste
HOMESLICE 63 days 5-6oz delicious fruit on dwarf plants
LEGEND 68 days Seedless fruit, good flavor, 4' determinate
KOOTENAI 65 days Small plants, reliable production, rich flavor
PARK'S WHOPPER 65 days Good sized fruit, very productive and reliable here
SUPER FANTASTIC 70 days Large 10oz slicers, beefsteak flavor
VIVA ITALIA (ROMA) 76 days Excellent roma with good flavor, high production
GOLD MEDAL 80 days Heirloom, very sweet, large orangey fruit
TAXI    70 days Sweet round medium fruit on determinate 2' plants
BLACK CHERRY 75 days Purplish brown fruit with nice flavor, good yield
CHOCOLATE PEAR 75 days Pear shaped, sweet, brown cherry-sized fruit
ELF GRAPE 65 days Crunchy grapes on semi determinate plants
GOLD NUGGET 55 days Smallish plants, loads of sweet yellow cherries
JULIET  60 days Mini romas on large, sprawling plants
LUCIA GRAPE  64 days Sweet grapes on large plant
SUNCHOCOLA  65 days Sweet, smoky, low acid, brown berries, indeterminate
SUNSUGAR 62 days Everyone’s favorite. Sweet, flavorful orange cherries
SUNGOLD 65 days Slightly more complex than SunSugar but cracks
SUPERSWEET 100 65 days Extra sweet cherries, large vines
SWEET MILLION 65 days Improved Supersweet 100, full sized, crack resistant
YELLOW PEAR 70 days Mild flavored mini pears
ANNA RUSSIAN 70 days Large pinkish oxheart tomatoes, juicy, flavorful
AURORA 59 days 4-6oz acidic/tomatoey fruit on compact plant
BLACK PRINCE 75 days Prolific garnet/brown smallish fruit, good taste
BUSH BEEFSTEAK 62 days 8 oz. Beefsteaks on 3' plants
CHEROKEE PURPLE 85 days Large deep dusky purple/pink fruit, great flavor
COSMONAUT VOLKOV 72 days 1-2 lb. fruit with excellent balanced flavor
GERMAN JOHNSON 78 days Large pink beefsteak type, lots of flavor
GREEN ZEBRA 78 days Unique smallish green fruit with yellow stripes, zingy
MILANO PLUM 70 days Early Italian plum, compact vines
NORTHERN LIGHTS 55 days Early bicolor yellow/red, rich flavor, big vines
PAUL ROBESON 74 days Black 4” beefsteak; luscious, earthy exotic flavors
ROSE 75-80 days Like Brandywine, maybe earlier-Amish heirloom
SAN MARZANO 78 days Classic Italian heirloom plum
SOPHIES CHOICE 54 days Very early large fruit, cold tolerant


A word about peppers:

Green peppers are immature versions of red, yellow or orange peppers. Colored peppers start out shades of green then turn color when they are mature. Maturity takes a few weeks longer so if you want to grow colored peppers, leave some plants un-harvested. Purple peppers such as Islander are purple when immature, turning orange or red. Peppers, and especially chilies, love heat so they are always slow here, and sometimes don’t mature very well. If frost threatens you can always harvest them green and freeze them for soups later. Our selections are the best varieties we know for this area.  Hint:  peppers like magnesium-try sprinkling a bit of Epsom Salt in planting holes or water.




CHOCOLATE Long, sweet flavored brown peppers
FAT N SASSY (a.k.a. King Arthur) Big blocky green/red bells
GOURMET Orange bells
ISLANDER Lavender bells, ripens to orange
LIPSTICK Sweet red pimento
NEW ACE Earliest, smaller green/red bell


BIGGIE CHILE Anaheim, improved Big Chile      
CARMEN     Sweet Corno di Toro for frying or salads
JALAPENO, MUCHO NACHO The best jalapeno
MOSQUETERO ANCHO Good Polbano for cool weather
RING OF FIRE Red cayenne peppers, 3”, very hot
SANTAKA Very hot and flavorful
SERRANO DEL SOL Early variety, larger peppers



Brussel Sprouts  
Cabbage, early and late Shell peas
Cauliflower Snap peas
Kale, several varieties Snow peas
Lettuce Spinach
Onions Swiss Chard-Rainbow


Borage Basil (in June)
Calendula Chives
Lemon Gem Marigolds Comfrey
Nasturtiums Dill
Pansies and Violas Feverfew
  French Tarragon
Giant Sunflowers Lavender-Grosso, Hidcote, Munstead
Hyacinth Beans Lemon Balm
Rhubarb Marjoram

Scarlet Runner Beans

Mints - Several




Parsley - flat Italian and Curly







Grapes can be added to the landscape on trellises or arbors, providing shade in summer and allowing the light in during the winter months.  They require some pruning every year to increase production.  You can make your own wreaths by twisting the cut off canes!  They have deep roots and should be planted in a good hole with compost, bone meal and organic fertilizer.  Water them deeply and infrequently to encourage deep roots.

Our short season makes growing grapes tricky because they don’t always have time to ripen properly.


HIMROD: Seedless white table grape. Sweet flavor, turns golden when fully ripe. Productive, 12’ vines. Bears in late August.
RELIANCE: Sweet, red table grape known for its flavor and hardiness. Blooms late but bears in late August.
GLENORA BLACK SEEDLESS: Dark version of sweet table grape. Spicy taste.
Slightly earlier and smaller than seeded concords. Earlier. Wonderful for jams and juice.



There’s nothing better than fresh raspberries on your morning cereal or snacking as you pick   They freeze beautifully and make wonderful additions to smoothies in the winter.  Raspberry jam is the best!

Raspberries are reliably hardy in our climate.  There are two types: July bearing, that bloom on last year’s wood, and everbearing, that bear on primocanes, the new canes that grow up in the summer. This year, in addition to our “local” berries, we are bringing a new July bearing and a new everbearing red and have plenty of Fall Gold.


What we offer:


Red Raspberries:
Thornless, Sweet and Juicy,
 Hardy starts from local friends.  

Firm, sweet, large berries. Ripens mid-July

everbearing New, improved variety! Great for fall. Bright red, flavorful berries.
Fall Gold:
everbearing yellow Two crops a year of sweet fruit
How to plant raspberries:

Cane berries prefer a deep, well-drained, fertile soil. 

Space plants 2'-3' in a row with 8'-10' between rows.  Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling.  Incorporate soil amendments such as bone meal and manure and/or compost, or a balanced fertilizer, preferably organic.  Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the roots meet the stem) is about 1" below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water deeply to encourage deep roots.  Keep watered as needed during the summer.  Raspberries spread rapidly so allow space in the bed or prepare to maintain rows by digging out starts.  Train them on wires. 

For July bearing varieties, cut out the canes after they fruit, as they only bear once, on last season’s canes.  New canes for next year will be growing.  

Everbearers bloom on new canes that grow up over the summer. Depending on the winter, they may bear again the next summer. Some people cut them out after they fruit in the fall. 

When pruning, thin the canes to about five stems per crown, or cut out any stems smaller than a pencil, just leaving the best canes.  We cut ours back to head height in late fall or early spring, which encourages lateral branching. 



It’s not so easy to grow the earlier, tart blackberries in our climate, as they are too tender and many are thorny. These later varieties do very well, producing big, sweet juicy berries on thornless, arching canes. Once in a while we have a really hard frost in fall that damages the canes so the production is limited the following season. But they come right back from the roots to fruit again in a year. The reward is a big bowl of juicy, sweet blackberries in August!



TRIPLE CROWN THORNLESS BLACKBERRY - The plant grows in long, arching thornless canes.  It bears large, flavorful, sweet fruit.  It ripens in August, and is good for fresh eating. 

Zone 5-8


LOCH NESS THORNLESS BLACKBERRY - Bred in Scotland, this productive plant bears on semi erect canes.  Ripening over several weeks in August and September, the fruit have an excellent "richly tart" flavor.  Good for eating fresh and jams.

Zone 5-8


PRIME ARK TRAVELER (Thornless) - Bears on primocanes in the fall. Same big, sweet berries as the above.

Pruning suggestion: When the canes are 15” high, pinch or cut 1” off the tip to force branching. Do it again when they reach 30”. Stimulates earlier fruiting and increases yield.

Plant blackberries 4-6 feet apart in the row, in rows 6-8 feet apart. Amend the soil well with organic fertilizers and compost. Water regularly but deeply to encourage a deep root system. They bear on year old wood, so cut out spent stems in spring and tie up the new canes. Tip pruning will limit growth and encourage laterals to form. (See special pruning just for Prime Ark Traveler, which bears on this year’s wood)




Strawberries are easy to grow! Our varieties will grow in the same place for 4-5 seasons, so start by amending the soil with organic fertilizer (high phosphorous for roots and fruits), planting compost and manure. We plant them 12”-16” apart, but you can go further if you have room. Don’t bury the crown. They are easier to manage in double rows but a bed is fine, too. They are going to send runners and spread, filling in the blank spaces. You can clip the runners and remove them, but we never seem to get around to this. We like drip irrigation. You want to avoid watering at night and if you see black spot on the leaves, pick them off before it spreads. To avoid moldy berries, always keep them picked and remove any you miss so the mold spores are removed. We wait until spring to trim the plants back to the new growth then cultivate in some more organic fertilizer. Mulching attract slugs so if you have a problem, don’t mulch.

Our strawberries are everbearing. They produce one crop in late June-July, take a short rest, then produce again into the fall. We have two varieties this year.
TRIBUTE: Wonderful producer of medium sized berries. They have a tangy, bright flavor. Our favorite for jam but are great for eating too.
ALBION: Big firm berries like the ones in the store, except these taste amazing. The trick is to leave them to ripen fully on the vine. Pick them when they are red all around. They are best later in the season when it’s hot, but do fine earlier, too.


Blueberry bushes not only provide fresh fruit but also can be used as a source of fall color in a landscape planting. Even their winter wood is attractive. They do quite nicely with other shrubs that like acid soil or as a hedge or specimen. Their shallow roots need soils that hold moisture well but are also well drained. Since they require acid soil, use plenty of peat moss in the hole when planting and feed with azaleas and rhododendron food, blood meal or ammonium sulfate. Blueberry roots are close to the soil surface and need to be protected against competing weeds. Mulching is the recommended method of weed control around plants; pine needles work fine.

Blueberries will self-pollinate, but yield and size is improved with cross-pollination by two varieties that bloom at the same time.

We offer the following types:



PATRIOT – Large flavorful berries ripen early on spreading, 4 foot plants. Great orange fall color. Withstands wet soils and northern climates well.

- Very large, sweet berries in July. Flowers start out pink then turn white. Scarlet fall foliage. Most of the literature says this one likes a pollinator, and is also good at pollinating the other varieties. 4-6’ bush

REKA - Developed in New Zealand to be a vigorous grower and high producer. Plants are upright and fall foliage is maroon. Berries are early, medium sized, with great flavor. Early.

- Known for its huge berries and long harvest season. 5-7’ plants have beautiful wine and orange leaves in the fall. Berries are sweet and juicy.



A cross between a gooseberry and black currant, Jostaberries grow on 3-5 foot bushes that will add to your landscape and provide sweet, thornless, tasty fruit as well.


JOSTABERRY - A cross between a black currant and a gooseberry. It has the vigorous growth habit and the disease resistance of the black currant. The leaves are gooseberry like and the fruit, until ripe, looks like a gooseberry. In late June the fruit ripens and the elongated fruit burns black. The flavor is sweet like a gooseberry with a hint of black currant. Resistant to both powdery mildew and white pine blister rust. It should be pruned like a gooseberry.  Hardy to -35 F.



Currants grow in clusters on upright, spineless bushes about 3-4’ high. A mature plant can produce up to four quarts of fruit annually. They do best in sun. As plants mature, remove some old wood each year to encourage new fruiting wood.


JONKHEER VAN TETS - Large red berries. Sweet/tart flavor. Great for jams. Matures in early July. Mildew resistant.


PINK CHAMPAGNE - Best currant for fresh eating. Easy to grow, disease resistant.



Elderberries are popular for pies, jellies, jams and wine.  They also have anti-viral and immune boosting properties.  The plants are very hardy, and because they flower in late June, the crop is seldom damaged by late spring frost.  They need a pollinator, so you will have to plant two.  They are attractive and easy to grow, and are great in landscape plantings.  Elderberries contain more phosphorus and potassium than any other temperate fruit crop.  The fruit is also rich in vitamin C and have a very high anthocyanin content.


SAMDAL - This is one of several newer elderberry varieties from Denmark.  Plants are vigorous, producing long shoots from soil level one growing season and bearing fruit the next.  These are removed after bearing and replaced by the current year's growth.  This makes the plant easy to prune and manage as a bush.  Large fruit clusters with good flavor ripen in August each year.

SAMYL - This variety will provide good cross-pollination when paired with the Samdal variety.  Samyl has particularly high-quality flowers and is even more productive than Samdal.


These varieties are pruned like raspberries, so will not get too big for your landscape.  They are shallow rooted, and like average water and good soil to do well.  Fertilize yearly with a nitrogen rich fertilizer.  We recommend researching pruning elderberries on the web.



I love lavender and so do butterflies and bees. It’s easy to grow and the deer don’t eat it. Just plant in full sun and avoid wet feet. I cut mine back as I harvest the flowers to make a rounded bush. By keeping the plant tight, it keeps the wood young, resisting snow breakage. This year I have three varieties.


HIDCOTE: Wonderful for a small hedge, Hidcote has deep blue flowers on 15” mounds. Even out of bloom, the silver grey foliage is attractive.


MUNSTEAD: Classic “English” Lavender, with lavender flowers and a pleasant fragrance. A bit milder than Grosso so would be nice for cooking as well as sachets. 15” x 24” Will self sow


GROSSO: Big plant with large, rich deep violet flowers, strong fragrance. Great for bouquets and craft work, sachets.



Just for fun, two mixed cell combos that will be ready to pop into your own hanging baskets. The secret to long blooming is deadheading the verbena and feeding your plants weekly.



Hot pink petunias, pink verbena and sky blue sun lobelia




Red petunia, Blue verbena, orange callibrachoa



One more special thing: Everyone wanted these, so I brought in a bunch -


12-15” mounds. Dark purple/blue speckled with white. These will go fast!



Here are some fun plants we grow that you don’t find just anywhere. They are old fashioned, open pollinated, so seeds are viable, although some may cross with other varieties in their families. Mostly they are just fun and loved by bees, and have useful or edible parts.


Scarlet Runner Beans- Climbing bean with red flowers. Hummers like the flowers. Young beans are edible. Nice screen or make a fun fort or tipi for kids.


Hyacinth Beans-Tall vines with purple flowers and leaves. Very good for covering a fence. Loved by bees. Beans are edible. May be slow to start until it’s really warm.


Giant Sunflowers-Really tall ones, with giant heads. Wonderful decorations for fall or give the kids (or the birds) them to eat. Easy to grow but take sun, room and water.


Alaska Apricot

Empress of India

Black Velvet

Nasturtiums-We grow both trailing and mounding ones, with green or mottled leaves. Flowers in several colors, many by name, such as Alaska Apricot and Empress of India. Check out Black Velvet!


Lemon Gem Marigold-Cute little single yellow marigolds with a unique smell. Wonderful in pots or to decorate food


Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry-lots of requests for this! Can sprawl on the ground, harvest when ripe/sweet. Good for jams.


Tomatillo-Make your own green salsa. Easy to grow, let it sprawl. Ripen from the middle of the plant outward.


Tromboncino Squash-Big vine, rampant climbing squash. Long trombone-shaped fruit is eaten young as a summer squash or it can be left to cure as a winter squash.



Alpine Strawberries-Little mounded perennial plants. Small fruit have wonderful flavor. We have both red and pineapple, which really will remind you of the fruit it is named for!


Horseradish-If you love it, grow your own. The root is the useful part, but it is hard to eradicate, as once you dig it, it will come back from small root pieces left behind. Great for a large garden.


Shop local - Hayden, Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Sandpoint, Spokane...We've got your plants!

43 Nelson Lane, Pinehurst
Open for the season May 1
Sunday-Wednesday, 1-6pm or by appointment
At the Farmers’ Market on Saturday

Call 208 682-9855 for information
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