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
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
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
I found a half acre in
Pinehurst, with Pine Creek right in my back yard.
Nasturtiums are Edible
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.
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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
herefor a look at Susi’s
article, “How to Grow Tomatoes Even in North Idaho”
RED SLICERS &
Award winning big red beefsteak
Mid-season slicer, good flavor & disease resistant
Early, 4 oz. fruit
By request, huge
fruit with sweet taste
Small plants, reliable production, rich flavor
Big tomatoes on short plants, reliable, good
Good hedge for cool spring weather, determinate
Good sized fruit, very productive and reliable here
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
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: 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:
Dug from our own
patch. Very Hardy, Flavorful
Fall Gold everbearing
Two crops a year of
How to plant
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 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 1-2" 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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
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:
BLUECROP - 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.
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
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
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.
Here's a preview of Pine Creek as a teaser to get
you to come visit.