Flower Farming 101-Sat. Mar 7 (1 til about 4ish)

What better way to learn the seeds and sprouts of flower farming than to visit a farm early in the season when things are just cranking up.DSC_0261

Sooo, as there are several folk just beginning or thinking about flower farming near us we thought we’d put together a hands-on type workshop where we share lots of things we’ve learned through the years about getting the season going. While nothing is blooming yet, our unheated hoop house is nearly full with snaps, campanula, ranunculus, anemone, and sweet peas that were all fall planted (though we could have done all this in the field). We have several plug trays ready to transplant for a second succession of cool season plants and our lisianthus should arrive the week before the workshop.

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Topics we’ll cover include:

  • Seed starting – soil blocks vs trays vs transplants vs direct seeding (we’ve got it all in the hoop) You can try making a soil block if you’d like.
  • Bed preparation – the dirt on dirt.
  • Composting and fertilizing – compost tea making and using kelp and fish emulsion.
  • Planting efficiencies – laying landscape fabric, popping holes, laying drip tape, labeling, planting.
  • Support netting – how and when.
  • Transplanting lisianthus – we’ll show this up close and personal start to finish, assuming our plugs come in.
  • Books – we’ll share some that we find helpful.
  • Tools – our favorites and why.
  • Social media groups that help flower farmers.
  • Resources – we’ll have a handout of where we buy what locally.
  • Dahlias – brief overview of growing dahlias from tubers.
  • Warm season crops – a very brief discussion if there’s time of when to start seeds. a.k.a hold your horses!
  • Q and A as time permits.

We’ll meet at the hoop house, 385 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, TN 37617.  Bring a notepad, dress in layers as it gets warm in the hoop, and come ready to participate – we’ll let you try your hand at a bit of this and that.

Cost is $125 and includes access to all our farming successes and failures, a Johnny’s catalogue, and hopefully a few snapdragon plugs and a few blue campanula plugs.  If you’re not too worn out at the end of the day, anyone interested can head out to Cracker Barrel with us and keep the conversations going.

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Please text 423-367-0361 or email auntwillies@gmail.com to check availability. We want to keep our numbers small as we want everyone to be able to participate. Workshop must new prepaid. Click here for payment details.

Hope to see you March 7!