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
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
Nasturtiums are Edible
(Click on the name to go to
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
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.
be something for everyone in this year’s list. Here’s to a
lovely warm summer and lots of luscious tomatoes!
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
5-6oz delicious fruit on dwarf plants
Seedless fruit, good flavor, 4' determinate
Small plants, reliable production, rich flavor
Good sized fruit, very productive and reliable here
Large 10oz slicers, beefsteak flavor
VIVA ITALIA (ROMA)
roma with good flavor, high production
YELLOW & ORANGE TOMATOES
Heirloom, very sweet, large orangey fruit
Sweet round medium fruit on determinate 2' plants
Purplish brown fruit with nice flavor, good yield
Pear shaped, sweet, brown cherry-sized fruit
Crunchy grapes on semi determinate plants
Smallish plants, loads of sweet yellow cherries
Mini romas on large, sprawling plants
Sweet grapes on large plant
Sweet, smoky, low acid, brown berries, indeterminate
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
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!
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:
Hardy starts from local friends.
Fall Gold everbearing
Two crops a year of
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 may be tipped
back below the fruiting tips and cut out after the
second fruiting, or cut out in 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.
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 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.
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.
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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.