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Brought you by the letter R

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

Whether 2022 rocked for you or not, may 2023 be better.

Now onto the alphabet lesson.

R is for rows.

We’re starting off the new year with lots of rows of little plants.

The new tunnel is fully planted now and within a few weeks the brown dirt will be in the minority while the green leaves are the majority.

Rows and rows of lettuce, scallions, beets, peas, cilantro, and I-can’t-identify-because-they’re-too-little-and-there-are-no-tags plants.

looking down the interior of a high tunnel with 25+ rows of little green plants stretching from the viewer to the end

If you’re ever trying to put in a straight row of plants, put a stick at each end and run a string between them. Plant along the string.

Boom. Straight line of plants.

I tend to operate on an ‘ehh, good enough’ level in my own garden. But if you like being able to walk between your plants, sticks and string can be helpful.

Matt doesn’t get to use sticks and string when he’s laying down plastic.

And yet his lines are amazingly straight, because, skills.

Every now and then there’ll be a weave in the line.

And I wouldn’t be a kind, loving niece if I didn’t point it out (bottom left corner).

But considering I had to go back to 2015 to find a crooked line, I’d say Matt’s line skills are pretty top-notch.

So R is also for, uh… straight lines.

Oh, and we got a door on the herb tunnel. I told you we would.

Now the lavender, rosemary, and oregano are really warm and cozy.

(R is also for door)

Some seasonal inspiration:

Open Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5. Closed Sunday.

Closed Sundays & Mondays starting after Christmas.

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About Highland Orchards

Completely surrounded by suburbia, our small farm has been growing beyond expectations since 1832, just north of Wilmington, Delaware.

Growing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, Highland Orchards provides true “farm fresh” for the community all year. If you want to shake the hand of the farmer who grows for you, here is the farm! With plants in the ground or under cover in tunnels, we grow for every season. A family farm, we have three different generations involved in running the farm right now.

Come see us to eat fresh, eat local, and eat well!