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Pansies are edible


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Summer's Bounty

We invite you to visit our new location in Pinehurst. We open May 1st. Read on for details.


We have moved our nursery after years in Hayden, to a half acre in Pinehurst, right on Pine Creek.


This is what’s in my back yard:




Welcome to my page! I’ve been in business for about 24 years, specializing in tomato, pepper and veggie starts that do well in this tricky short-season climate while still tasting good. I also grow strawberry plants, raspberries and blackberries, blueberries, grapes, rhubarb, herbs and edible flowers. There are also some perennials and lilies. I plan to open the nursery in Pinehurst Sunday-Wednesday, starting May 1, from 1:00-6:00 and attend the Kootenai Farmers Market on Saturdays.

For the best selection, please come to Pinehurst. It’s a lovely 35-minute drive from Coeur d’Alene. There is plenty to do out here along with a visit to my nursery. Plan a bike ride or walk on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, lunch at the Snake Pit, or picnic overlooking the creek in my back yard.


As I start writing this on March 13, we have just finished shoveling three feet of snow from the tunnel and the first seedling tomatoes and peppers are almost ready to transition to the new greenhouse from the cozy confines of what I am loving calling “The Playhouse." It’s a 10’x 16’ Old Hickory lofted shed that contains my seed germination area plus all the leftover dried flowers and craft room supplies from the old farm.


I had no idea what it was going to take to downsize and relocate the nursery.

 I responded to everyone’s sad faces when they heard I sold the farm and was moving, so decided to keep on growing great tomato and veggie starts instead of moving to something cheap and simple.


I found a half acre in Pinehurst, with Pine Creek right in my back yard.



Nasturtiums are Edible



At Market

Summer berries!

First I had to fence the entire place for elk, as my apple trees were part of their regular circuit, and I’m sure they would enjoy my garden and nursery (i.e. “salad bar”.)  Then I brought in two sheds and built a 40’ version of the greenhouses I had at Hayden-that’s only slightly bigger than the “little” greenhouse. I brought the caterpillar tunnel along, too.   Every single step of this move has been like batting one’s head against a wall-a weaker (or less foolish!) person would have quit long ago. I say “I”, but of course workmen have had to be found, dealt with, reminded to show up, cajoled, cooked for and paid scary amounts of money.

I decided that the core if my business is growing edibles, so eliminated specialty annuals and hanging baskets. The good news is that nasturtiums and pansies are edible flowers, so I’ll still grow them! I can’t live without flowers! I have ordered in berry starts, grapes, etc. and still have quite a few perennials and lilies.

This first season is going to be challenging. What is going to be the same is the great care and quality of plant material I sell. What’s new is less of everything and a smaller presence at the Farmers’ Market because I just won’t be able to haul it so far. Visiting the nursery in Pinehurst will hopefully be a fun destination for you, to be combined with exploring the Silver Valley. You can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy by my creek! I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at my new location.

Read on to see what’s growing this year.

FOR 2017
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  RHUBARB          GRAPES      









Here is the pared-down tomato list for 2017. The attempt was to simplify while still keeping something for everyone. If your favorite is missing from the list, please ask. If I had seeds left over, I started a flat or two, but didn’t list them. There are less total plants this year, so it I would suggest coming out to Pinehurst if you can during the first week or so. We will also be at the Farmers’ Market, but since I won’t be able to go home for second and third loads, the supply will be more limited. Let’s hope for another warm summer to grow great tomatoes! 


Don’t forget to wait to plant out until at least Mother’s Day. Wait until the snow melts off the highest peaks.

  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
KOOTENAI 65 days Small plants, reliable production, rich flavor
NORTHERN EXPOSURE 67 days  Big tomatoes on short plants, reliable, good
OREGON SPRING 65 days  Good hedge for cool spring weather, determinate
PARK'S WHOPPER 65 days Good sized fruit, very productive and reliable here
SILETZ 60 days 4-5” fruit on smaller plants. Productive & early
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
IDA GOLD 59 days Sprawling small plant, oval, smallish sweet fruit
TAXI    70 days Sweet round medium fruit on determinate 2' plants
CHOCOLATE CHERRY 70 days Purplish brown fruit with nice flavor
GOLD NUGGET 55 days Smallish plants, loads of sweet yellow cherries
JULIET  60 days Mini romas on large, sprawling plants
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
BRANDYWINE (PINK) 90 days Late, large pink beefsteaks.
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


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
PURPLE BEAUTY  Purple bell, ripens to orange


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



Cauliflower Shell peas
Kale Snap peas
  Snow peas
Lettuce Spinach
Mesclun Mix Swiss Chard-Rainbow


Nasturtiums, both clumping and trailing Tribute and Albion Everbearing Strawberries
Pansies, lots of pansies and violas Alpine Strawberries: Both Red and Pineapple Yellow
More!! Blackberry - Several Varieties
  Blueberries (see separate section for Blueberries)
HERBS Josta Berry
Dill Raspberries - Thornless Red, Everbearing, Fall Gold
Lavender-Grosso & Hidcote Rhubarb

Mints-spearmint, chocolate, peppermint, orange


Parsley-Italian and Curly


Rosemary-Several Varieties


Sweet Basil (in June)






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.

Unfortunately, we had trouble getting grape starts this year. We hope to get more next year. We may have a few miscellaneous plants besides Niagara.


NIAGARA: An excellent white table grape that produces well. Grapes are ready in late August or early September. Hardy to Zone 4



Raspberries are reliably hardy in our climate.  We offer red raspberries and yellow Fall Golds.  These are starts from our own patch, and from those of friends who have good berries.  We are not sure what varieties they are, but they are proven to grow well here.  There's nothing better than fresh raspberries on your morning cereal or having a snack as you walk down the row.  They freeze beautifully and make wonderful additions to smoothies in the winter.  Raspberry jam is the best!


What we offer:


Red Raspberries, Thornless

Dug from our own patch. Very Hardy, Flavorful

Fall Gold everbearing yellow

Two crops a year of sweet fruit

How to plant raspberries: Cane berries prefer a deep, well-drained, fertile soil and typically bear fruit on 2-year old wood with everbearers producing on first-year wood.


Space plants 2'-3' in a row with 8'-10' between rowsDig 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 1-2" 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.  After the canes fruit, they should be cut out, as they only bear once, on last season's canes.  New canes for next year will be growing.  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. 

Fall Golds bear in the fall on canes that grew over the summer, and again on the same cane the following June.  We tip prune these in the fall after they bear.  Cut out spent canes after the June fruiting to favor the new canes that are growing up.



 Just for fun, I added some new varieties.  They are not quite as hardy as raspberries, but most years these should produce well.  Sometime we get damaging cold spells in the fall before the plants are hardened off, but blackberries are so delicious that I think it's worth it.  Our plants are big, two year starts with good roots, so they should take right off this year for you.



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


LOGANBERRY (Thornless variety) - Originating in California, the Logan is thought to be a natrual cross between a California native Blackberry and a red raspberry.  The berries are long, large, dark red, aid, and highly flavored.  The Logan is often used for pies, juice and wine.  There is a high demand for it in the home garden due to its desirable flavor.  Average yield.

Zone 5-9


BOYSENBERRY - These very large, non-shiny, dark maroon berries have soft, very juicy flesh.  The boysenberry has a distinctive, rich, tangy flavor and is very aromatic.  Excellent for eating fresh, juice, freezing, canning, pastries, and preserves.  Vigorous, trailing vines.  Boysenberries are hardy to approximately -10 degrees F. without protection.  Hardy in zones 6-9.  These are somewhat tender, so probably better for the warmest microclimates in our area, or you could lay down the canes and mulch over them.

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.




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:



- Blooms in May and fruits in August.  4-6' upright plants have a nice red fall color, good yields of high quality, very flavorful light blue berries.  This is the leading commercial variety and produces very consistently.

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

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.




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



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.


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
I'll be busy getting things ready for  you.

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