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Spring has sprung the plants

Spring has sprung the plants

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It’s officially Spring according to the calendar. And it’s been warm. The two combined means it feels like planting time.

And we have some plants to satisfy that urge.

Various herbs, some hardy leafy vegetables, pansies, and primroses to start your 2023 garden off.

(I’d appreciate it if you left my procrastinating self a calendula and primrose. Ok? Ok. Thanks.)

Everything can go in the ground now. If we dip below 32 the herbs would appreciate a sheet. It’s not strictly necessary, but if you hate whiny herbs you may want to cover them up for the night (cover, not smother).

Yes, we will have more plants than this. No, it is not time to plant tomatoes and basil.

trays of veggie starts. Clockwise from rop right is large bright green romaine lettuce, kale, small green romaine, and small red romaine.

The garter snakes were also enjoying the warmer weather this week. Caught this one getting a tan.

The snapdragons and lisianthus are also enjoying their new digs.

You’ll notice that they’re planted in green plastic, not the “usual” black (plastic mulch comes in black, white, green, and red; each color with its own supposed skill set).

Green is supposed to encourage more flowering and it isn’t as hot as the black (both lisianthus and snapdragons thrive in cooler weather, so they don’t need the extra warmth of the black).

Plus the roll of green plastic was closer than the black.

Some seasonal inspiration:

Happy Eating!


PS: Ruth published another book. This one is a kid’s book, based on her mother as a little girl. Sally the Skunk is available on Amazon and we will have a few copies in the store as well.

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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!