Introduction. . .
Hello, everyone. I've been lurking and reading current and past posts for a few weeks now, and learning a lot. My husband and I recently (in December) purchased a house and two acres, on which we are hoping to plant a half acre of specialty cut flowers for market. The house needs renovation, so my husband is doing that while I am taking care of our son and trying to set up the farm correctly. I think we'll be moving there in March. I'm sometimes intimidated, and often excited and hopeful. As I said, I have been learning a lot from this forum. I've already read Lynn B's Flower Farmer, which was SO very helpful, but as someone on here once posted, all the information on this forum is up-to-date and free!! I know I'll be asking lots of questions of you generous folks.
I am working on my seed orders right now. Oy. The prospect of making decisions about a half acre of what to grow, seed starting, when to direct seed, transplants, and harvest schedules is mind boggling, to say the least. It's also teaching me a lot. I am making a month-by-month estimation of seed starting, transplanting, and harvesting activities, based on the initial list of flowers I created. Hopefully I'll then be able to tell where I have too many and where I need more. One thing that doesn't seem consistent is information about length of bloom time. I'm using Johnny's growing info, which is usually pretty detailed, but sometimes they talk about length of bloom and sometimes they don't. Is this just something I have to learn from experience, from trial and error? I'm certainly willing to just dive in and try it out. But maybe once I get through my big timetable I'll come back to you guys with some bloom length questions. And a million other questions, of course.
Thanks for reading!