Saturday, Mar 13, Flower Farming 101, 1-3:30 p.m.

$150.00

What better way to learn the nuts and bolts of flower farming than to visit a farm early int he season when things are just cranking up. Last year was the first year we offered this workshop and we 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 and a minimum of 4 for the workshop to carry. Please bring a mask as we will err on the side of caution.  Registration is not refundable. See below for more details.

 

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A hands-on workshop where we’ll share what we’ve learned through the years about getting the season going. Our unheated hoop house is full of snaps, campanula, ranunculus, anemone, and sweet peas that were all fall planted and will be blooming beginning in April. We have several plug trays ready to transplant soon for a second succession of cool season plants and our lisianthus should arrive the week of the workshop. Topics we will cover 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
  • planting efficiencies – laying landscape fabric, popping holes, drip tape, labeling, planting (hopefully we’ll demonstrate transplanting lisianthus)
  • 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 – well 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