1 year ago

The Art of Running a Small Garden Center or Nursery

Small is cool!

The goal of this lens is to discuss the ups and downs of having your own small nursery or garden center. There is little information available for someone contemplating opening and running a garden center. Its a career choice that lots of people contemplate but only a few take on, and even fewer succeed. Its a business of patience and hard work, which is not very popular these days.

We will focus on the small garden center since thats where most new ventures start. Its also where the real action is when it comes to the nursery business. The larger concerns are busy homogenizing their shopping experiences, while the smaller centers can be more outlandish and experimental. Putting in a coffee bar or pet center in a garden center is not new and is already becoming mainstream. Small garden centers can be more unique and less mainstream, thus attracting those consumers looking for a more unique and satisfying shopping experience. These consumers are generally willing to pay more for that quality experience.

My wife and I run a small, 2 acre garden center with seasonal help. Our latest venture, The Golden Gecko Garden Center just celebrated its third anniversary. We are building a destination garden center that not only services the local community but looks to attract people from further away. My experience comes from working as a nurseryman for 28 years. I got my start driving the delivery truck at Christensens Nursery located on the San Francisco Peninsula. I have managed or owned three different nurseries in the foothills of The Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Be sure to check out the direct feed of my blog below. "The Blogging Nurseryman" was the first industry blog to deal with running a small garden center.

In case youre wondering we will consider a small garden center or nursery to be one that has sales of less than one million dollars a year. Sound daunting? Lets get there together.

Innovative Small Garden Centers or Nurseries

We are always on the lookout for garden centers or nurseries that are trying different ways to do business. I am much more interested in a small nursery that chooses to create a new market or idea than a multi-million dollar face lift for some large garden center. It's the small places where the new ideas come from that are eventually are implemented in the larger concerns.

Well, I just realized that you have to approve comments by scrolling down on the "My Dashboard" page. I wondered why I hadn't gotten any comments. Now plant nursery that I have solved that I see I can allow anyone to comment, not just Squidoo members. Gee, it only took me a year to figure that one out.


1 year ago

How to Create a Medieval Mary Garden

The Garden Can be a Place of Quiet ReflectionThere are literally dozens of plants which are associated with Mary, so many that a Mary Garden can be created to suit the growing conditions of any part of the world.

A History of the Mary Garden

Devotion to the Virgin Mary was at its peak during medieval times, the age of chivalry and honour towards women. The third Ecumenical Council in 431AD proclaimed Mary as the Mother of God an

1 year ago

Extreme Winter Vegetable Gardening - Can you Garden at Subzero Temperatures in Deep Snow?

Can you Garden at Subzero Temperatures in the Snow?

Unless you have a greenhouse, extreme winter gardening in Ontario involves harvesting slow-growing vegetables. Nothing new is planted here after September except garlic which will be ready sometime in the heat of the following summer.

All our winter gardening discoveries have evolved from procrastination, laziness and wanting to feed our chickens fresh free organic greens in the dead of winter. And planting leeks and Brussels sprouts in July will not get you a yield before the first frost.

It is possible to plant a second crop of potatoes in July that can be harvested around the time of the killing frost, sometime in Oc

2 years ago

Get Inspired With These Unique Garden Tips

Many people think of horticulture as a hobby that is soothing and therapeutic. Gardeners are often faced with the questions of when to plant and what equipment to purchase. This article provides key tips for gardening aficionados.

You don't need a costly chemical solution to deal with powdery mildew in your garden. The best solution is mixing baking soda, a drop of liquid dish detergent and water together in a spray bottle. Then, spray this mixture onto all of your infected plants once each week till the mildew is gone. Baking soda treats the mildew effectively and gently and it won't damage your plants.

Many people think the best green gardens start from seeds, rather than plants. When you grow a new garden, start the environmental way, from seeds. Seeds eliminate the waste of plastic containers from nurseries which rarely get recycled. There are some nurseries, however, that send their plants out in organic potting materials.

Keep your garden fertilized. Manure is a great garden additive, but it is important that you choose a manure that has been composted commercially so that there is less of a risk of pathogens. Although there are plenty of fertilizer choices, don't be concerned with which one you use; just be sure to use one.

If you're going to grow peas, start them indoors before putting them in the ground outside. Install your plants inside and wait for the seeds to germinate. Give the seeds enough time to get stronger: growing indoors will make it easier for your plants to resist diseases and the pesky bugs. You will be able to transfer the seedlings outdoors after they become better established.

Choose plants that will provide color in autumn. However, you can still maintain your gardening hobby throughout the fall months. When it comes to vivid foliage, autumn offers the best opportunity to view it. Many trees display a range of the vivid colors of fall, from bright yellow to rich crimson, including maple, beech, and dogwood. Also, when considering shrubs, try using cotoneaster, hydrangea, or barberry.

In order to bring in good insects to your garden, you need to plant heather. Heather is very attractive to bees, and when bees first emerge in the spring, it is an early source of nectar. Spiders, ground beetles and other useful insects are drawn to heather beds because they don't tend to get jostled around. Protect yourself from being surprised by these bugs by donning horticulture gloves before disturbing your heather beds.

A great way to ensure that your organic garden will do well is to keep a section of your land unspoiled. The natural wildlife will spring up and make for a perfect organic habitat. This is a great natural way to allow the insects and animals found in nature to assist with the growth of your garden.

Before you start any horticulture, make sure that you do not have any open wounds on your hands. If you do, you need gardening help to wear protection from dirt and chemicals so that they do not get into your cut. If grime gets into the cut, it could become infected. Bandages are available that will completely cover the cut so that this cannot happen.

It can be easy to prepare the soil in a perennial garden. Using a garden spade, dig underneath the turf and flip it. Then, create a layer of wood chips at least three inches deep over the area you just flipped. Allow the newly turned soil to sit for two weeks, then plant your perennials.

As previously discussed, gardening can be rewarding, but it requires knowledge to actually make your garden grow properly. With the right advice and proper planning, you'll soon have a thriving garden. Use the advice given to start on your road to a beautiful garden.