Flower Farming 101 Fall – Wed., Aug 9th, 6-8:30 pm


A hands-on workshop where we’ll share what we’ve learned through the years about growing “cool flowers” for next spring and planning for next season. Our unheated hoop house is gearing down and getting ready to be fall planted. We’ll share what we will be transplanting this fall and when to start seeds, how to buy plugs, and how to prepare your beds now. We’ll also cover the basics of flower farming that we covered in our spring course but with an eye toward fall. Some of the topics include:

  • seed starting – soil blocks vs trays vs transplants vs direct seeding
  • bed preparation – soil prep and no till practices
  • composting and fertilizing – compost tea
  • Advantages of different plug tray sizes
  • planting efficiencies – laying landscape fabric, popping holes, drip tape, labeling, planting
  • support netting – when to use and how to attach
  • books and tools – we’ll share some we find helpful
  • Social media groups that help flower farmers
  • resources – we’ll have lists of where we buy what
  • dahlias – overview of growing from tubers and a look at overwintered beds
  • warm season crops – brief discussion of when to start seeds
  • Q & A

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What better way to learn the nuts and bolts of flower farming than to visit a farm just before fall when things are winding down before the fall start up. This is our fourth year to offer this workshop but first time to offer a fall option. We have so enjoyed sharing our experience with new growers and are excited to offer it again. We will meet in the hoop house rain or shine and move about the farm a bit from there. Address is 385 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, TN 37617. Ten participants maximum. Registration is not refundable.