Angelika Maier wrote:Who is running or thinking about a small plant nursery?
I am VERY slow in developing that plan. As we do not own a truck, I would do this from home, like a garage sale several times a year, say twice in spring, before Christmas (summer here), and autumn. I have quite some interesting plants in the garden to propagate from. The emphasis would be edible, medicinal and useful but as well some ornamentals (they are mostly so easy to grow).
Some things I am thinking around:
1.) Potting mix. This is quite expensive at least $75/m3. Mixing my own, we barely have enough compost for our garden. The stuff in the supermarket is still at $3-4 a bag and not very good quality. Cocopeat is expensive here since k-mart closed. Sand is $65 or so a ton.
2.) Labeling signposting etc. as asked in the other thread.
3.) Keeping track of all the stuff in the garden. That it is correctly labeled and I have my lists inside which indicate the correct position of the plant... this is much more challenging than I thought! Sometimes plants die and reemerge after rain for example. Labels get lost. Having a list what to propagate when.
4.) Putting the information together. The more exotic or medicinal a plant is the more information is needed. The client must know how to care for that plant but as well what to do with that plant. I started to put some information on the webpage but that is a lot of work, maybe I keep it only brief and link to plant information databases.
5.) I should have some basic culinary herbs. Even if it is ridiculous to sow parsley chives and basil in a pot. I need a good and cheap enough supplier of bulk seeds as I do not safe seeds of parsley or basil they are very small. There is as well a question of ethics. Normally I throw some coriander seeds from the spice rack in the garden... I mean I would not sell carrot seedling or zucchini as they are doing these days, but basil and parsley?? Or maybe even mizuna, rocket or upland cress? It is even not so easy than planting some rows of basil in your garden. How do I determine the number of tiny seeds? How long it will take until they reach marketable size?
All in all not an easy business...