The Flower Farmer: An Organic Growers Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers by Lynn BycznskiAwesome!!! I bought this book because I was considering flower farming as a business as my city is rife with farmers markets and other good local outlets to sell bouquets in. It was helpful in all the ways youd want a niche business book to be. Written in a friendly manner with loads of illustrations, it included:
- case studies, told story-style, of real life, local, organic flower farmers across the US.
- basics about how to run a flower farm, including soil, space requirements, seasonal workload, financial and pricing tips, and gardening tactics specific to cut flower production
- lists of good plants for local flower farmers (which differ somewhat from plants that produce flowers for distance shipping), including when to cut the flowers.
This last bit is also useful for the home gardener who doesnt intend to go into business. I own a lot of gardening books, and while some indicate which plants are suitable for cut flowers, none that I know of give specific cutting tips and tactics.
As a result of reviewing this book, Ive decided against going into this business myself. Its fun to dream about, but too much for my life right now. However, Im thrilled to be making more serious plans to add better cutting plants to my garden this spring.
Cut flowers at the florist are often terrible for the environment. They are usually grown far away using non organic methods and then flown to your region. (Planes have awful carbon footprints.) Then they only last a week in the vase and must be replaced again.
Cut flowers from a local producer or from your own yard or community garden sustain you in multiple ways without hurting the earth. This book is worth a look through if you love flowers and have at least one sunny bed you could dedicate to them.
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Bucket of fall backyard blooms. Dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers, snapdragon and pumpkin on a stick. By the second week in October the reality of the arrival of fall is sobering. Especially for small-scale flower farmers. Starting small is a great way to find out if you will enjoy growing flowers or not. And, if you fall in love with growing flowers the first year like I did, you can always expand your growing space along with your investment all the while defining your goals.
Posted by Nancy Dorman-Hickson on August 23, Raising beautiful cut flowers can add beauty to your property while raising income for your family. Here are six tips to follow to run your own flower farm business. Growing flowers the old-fashioned way — with Mother Nature as your partner — can paint your land with vibrant colors and put green in your bank account. Each year, she gives upwards of presentations about growing a successful garden without using pesticides. At her busiest, she produced and sold 15, stems of flowers each week between May and October.