I think it is safe to say that we are officially going to try our hand at cut flower farming this year.
The first batch of seeds have been planted under lights and I am completely overwhelmed by the amount of seeds I still have sitting in a binder waiting for me to plant them. Those 72 slot trays filled up alarmingly fast. All the fun and easy work has been done, pouring over catalogs and websites picking out the most beautiful flowers, now the real work begins...
|Plant started from seeds labeled "Collected Dianthus" in my dad's handwriting|
I began to envision a cutting garden. Lovely beds of flowers I could cut from generously and never have to show up to anything empty handed. It would be like growing presents out of the dirt, for what is a more perfect gift than a jar of flowers? Universally liked with one size fits all, they come with no obligations for long-term use or storage.
|May Day bouquet of lilac, columbine, rosemary and other bits|
Even still I would probably have extra space so the ideas turned to cash crops, because who can really expect to eat all of the produce off of that size of garden? I asked myself what was already being sold at the farmers market, looking for that niche. Is there a heirloom tomato grower? Yes. Peppers of every shape and color? Yes. Blueberries? Yes. Strawberries? Yes and yes again. Cut flowers?...wait is no one growing cut flowers? I realized that other than some veggie vendors that grow a few blooms on the side to sell sporadically, there is no one dedicated to selling cut flowers at our Farmers Market.
I carefully voiced the idea out loud. Did it sound crazy? When I started asking my family if they thought it would work I quickly gained business partners in my two sisters. They were excited to jump in with me and see if we can make this work.
Am I worried about the learning curve? Honestly that is the most exciting part! Checking out a stack of books from the library, pouring over variety information both in books and catalogs and online, and researching each step gives me a thrill. A new craft to master is an exciting thing. I am looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things in this new adventure.