I wanted to talk about growing on a small scale, and I don't mean one or two acres small, I mean urban/suburban garden small.
I live in a terraced house and I'm lucky that whilst my garden is narrow, it is pretty long. I was really stressing out at the beginning of my first season, worrying how I was going to fit in all the flowers I wanted to grow and I went bonkers digging up nearly the entire length of the garden. I even moved the summerhouse from down the end to the gravelled area near the house, got rid of all the decking it sat on and began shovelling up the bricks and sand that I sadly found underneath in a bid to get more rows to grow on.
Nonetheless, I did actually struggle to fit everything in and some poor plants languished in pots over the summer. But that wasn't due to lack of space, it was because I'd sown way too many seeds. Did I need three rows of amaranthus? Of course I didn't!
But then again, I didn't have a clear plan of how I wanted to focus my business. I was kind of covering all bases, and of course it does all depend on what your goal for your business is. Next year, I actually intend to make the plot a little more garden-like and not fill every inch with flowers to the point that I can hardly get through it all. I also know now that dried flowers and dyes are my focus, so whilst I will still grow flowers just for cutting, I won't grow so many of them.
Some flowers, like dahlias and achilleas serve many purposes for me and my business, as they're good for drying and dyeing as well as cutting. Others, like sweet peas and foxgloves, one simply can't be without. @folkloreflowers_
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