Giving it a shot.....
Well I figured this year since I tend to spend my Saturdays and Sundays just messing around in my garden from sun-up to sun-down I figured I might as well set up a few signs and a display booth in my front yard. I live in a little developement jsut outside the city..about 5 minutes from the edge of the city in an older developement with a 1/2acre lot. During the summer there are tonnes of garage sales and people visiting the community center 2 houses down.
I am planning on growing 5 diff types of herbs and mebbe some wave petunia's..
I have narrowed my Herbs down to Genovese basil, thai basil, mint, oregano, and of course rosemary.
I have managed to take 60 cuttings from the 10 rosemarry plants I got from my mother plant I took 5 weeks ago. So hopefully around 50 will survive to become the next victims of my scissors so i end up with 250-300 which I am going to start in plug trays (72 per).
I have been debating on doing my oregano and mint from cuttings also. I did a test tray of each by seed at the same time I took my original 10 rosemarry cuttings. The mint preformed as expected..near 100% germ rate but the oregano was more like 60-70%. Should I simply skip the seed and try the cutting method which I have done before (though on a smaller scale) as I will have a fair amount of mom's to choose from now that I have transplanted my plugs into larger containers(multiple plugs per container).
My 2 types basil's I am going to start from seed, I do this every year with plug trays and always get good germ/growth rates.
Each plug will be transplanted in a 4 inch pot and hardened off in cold frames(debating on plastic or biodegradeable peat pots)....oh and everything is grown organically.
Basically I am just doing this for the fun of it to see what happens.
Planning on about 1500 plants and with a cold frame per variety so I can water/feed each diff herb at once.
Worst case I make my herb garden bigger or fill my flowerbeds with herb plants if things dont sell..or just give em away.
I have a couple of contacts who said they will give me a good deal on pots when the time comes.
Last summer I checked out the local prices for herb plants in 4 inch pots (i even bought a few myself) and they were averaging 3.50-4.00 each for things like rosemarry and thyme.
I figure I will try for 2.50 each or variety pack of 5 for 10 bucks..
ps As you might have guessed I have an ok sized growroom in the basement and a wife who humors me (so I have space and support). I also work full time in the IT field so I am not trying to make a living out of it.