Hayhurst Valley

Lots of Beautiful Strawberry Plants Ready to Go

Now is a great time to plant strawberries for years of succulent berries right from your backyard.  Strawberries for the home garden fall into two broad categories, June Bearing, which tend to produce one large crop early in the season, and Day Neutral, which tend to produce a smaller amount of ripe berries throughout the season with slight peaks early and late.  June bearing are often bigger and good for getting large amounts for making jams and preserving while Day Neutrals are often smaller and more flavorful.  If you have space plant a mix to cover all your bases.

We have six varieties to choose from, all of which are well suited to our climate.

To see a complete list and descriptions click here:

Strawberry Varieties

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Wind Damage to Field Greenhouse

Lots of high winds this winter.  One of the greenhouses out in the field was buttoned up so tight that the force of the wind on the plastic was like a giant ship’s sail.  Force got so high it snapped the 4×4 door post in two.  Once the wind blew end plastic apart the force inside blew off the track for the wiggle wire that holds the plastic down.  Flapping metal and plastic do not play well together and eventually the buffeting led to a large rip in the plastic.

Oh well.  This house is over 20 years old so good time for some renewal work anyway….bottom boards are rotting away and the vibrations from the wind over the years have loosened and dropped many nuts off the bolts holding the ribs together and even broke a few of the bolts.  But its got good bones so some new boards, new hardware, a little repositioning of the wiggle wire track with new screws and some new 4×4 door posts and it will be good as new.

Already got the new plastic on Thursday and hope the ground will be dry enough in there later this week so we can get it back into production.  Especially eager to get some more early tomatoes in the ground.

 

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Nursery Update

Nursery is getting busier and busier.  Our normal seeding list for vegetable traypacks is now in the hundreds.  In addition, we are potting up thousands of bare root strawberries and transplanting hundreds of our homegrown herb plugs.

Time also to begin the endless task of transplanting peppers, tomatoes and eggplants from the little 128 cell trays they are sown in to the 3 1/2″ pots they will be sold in.  Here Janelle is working on the first round of peppers.  This year we will be carrying 30 different varieties of sweet and hot peppers.

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