1431 Foulk Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803

Open Tue-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5

Prepped for the cold

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The crew worked hard this week to make sure the more-tender perennials were squared away for this lovely (sarcasm) cold spell.

Some dahlias were dug up to be replanted in the spring while others have a heaping pile of leaves over them. Both overwintering in the ground and not in the ground have their own pitfalls. So by doing both, if one method fails, we’ll still be okay (for example, one year there was an unknown drip on the dug-up dahlias. Oops. Those tubers didn’t make it that year).

I struggled with taking a picture of the leaves, so you’ll just have to take my word for it that it’s a couple of feet high.

The fig trees are also all tucked up.

They got a layer of leaves like the dahlias… as well as row cover tucked in and around each tree AND plastic put overtop the tunnel.

So those trees are a-okay.

You’ll notice in the picture that the trees are all short. That’s because we prune them down to fit under said row cover and plastic.

But never fear, those cuttings get put to good use!

Believe it or not, these sticks in the dirt will be little fig trees next year and growing their own figs within 2 years!

The herb tunnel even got new plastic. No new door… but fortunately a layer of plastic over top, even with the ends open, provides a lot of protection. A door will happen at some point.

(We actually do have the new door, it just has to be put on. Details.)

The soil stays a few degrees warmer, the air is a few degrees warmer, and there’s no wind to dry the plants out.

For your tender perennial herbs like lavender and rosemary, that can be all the extra protection that they need to get through the winter.

Some seasonal inspiration:

Reminder, our new hours are starting

We are now closed Sundays AND Mondays.

(plus closing early on December 31st; we’re open 9-3 that day)

Open Tue-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5. 

Closed Sunday and Monday.

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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!