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Flower Farming 101: Top 5 Tips for Cool Flowers Success

Tip #1: Know Your Frost Dates Identify not only your hardiness zone, but also your historic average first and last frost dates. Your hardiness zone...

Top 5 Must-Have Flowers Every Farmer Should Grow

During our high-production years we sold our cut flowers to florists, grocery stores, at farmers markets and in subscriptions. Want to know what our...

Best Flowers To Grow For Summer Bouquets

Bouquet Builders that Beat the Heat We've just passed the longest day of the year - Summer Solstice.  Here in western North Carolina the heat is on...
A Garden Love Story: Lisa and Steve Ziegler

A Garden Love Story: Lisa and Steve Ziegler

From our 2009 archives. It all started with a dog.  In 1992 I was a happy single girl employed as the office manager at the Denbigh Animal Hospital. Just loving my job and minding my own business. Then this guy walked in with his yellow Labrador Retriever—without an...

Seed Starting Schedule for Summer Flowers

Seed Starting Schedule for Summer Flowers

This is the general guide that I follow to start my warm-season tender annuals. We certainly tweak it from time to time and don't always stick to it, but this gets us up and going. This is all based on the last expected spring frost date. In my 7b/8a winter hardiness...

Seedling Care

Seedling Care

Seed starting with soil blocking from beginning to end  We use the soil blocking method of seed starting. My experience has been that once equipped with a soil blocker tool, all you add each year are seeds and blocking mix. What drew my initial interest was that 40...

Seed Starting Saturdays

Seed Starting Saturdays

Week 1: Before you Start Seeds I am so looking forward to spending Seed Starting Saturdays with you! I hope that these weekly videos will help guide you and let you know that we don't always do it right either. Having blunders and failures is just part of gardening...

Growing Cut-Flower Crops in Hoop & Greenhouses Online Course Discussions

Growing Cut-Flower Crops in Hoop & Greenhouses Online Course Discussions

Steve & Gretel Answer Your Questions  What are Steve and Gretel harvesting and planting now?  Meet Student Jonalyn of Blossom Lane Farm  Meet Student Wanda of Fox Hollow Peonies in Alaska  Catch Up with SMFF Meet Student Wendy Brubaker of Morningside Meadows...

Guest Video Blog: Spring Forth Farm

Guest Video Blog: Spring Forth Farm

August Farm Update and Cover Crops with Jonathan of Spring Forth Farm  Learn more about The No-Till Micro-Scale FLower Farm Online Workshop with Jonathan & Megan Leiss

The Evolution of No-Till Practices on Spring Forth Farm

We are pleased to share the article, The Evolution of No-Till Practices on Spring Forth Farm, that Jonathon Leiss a Gardener's Workshop Instructor, wrote for Growing for Market. TGW is a proud partner of Growing for Market and believes in their mission to educate...

Student Success Stories

Student Success Stories

Are you an Online Course Student? Submit your business here. Beth HollandHappi HarvestNew Brockton, ALEstablished 2020 Growing space:1/4 acreMain Sales Outlet:Farmer’s Market and Website Orders Courses Attended: The Basics, Annual Crops,Marketing, and More! Lisa’s...

Answering Lisianthus Questions

Answering Lisianthus Questions

Did you know that lisianthus is a cool-season hardy annual? Also called a Cool Flower. She is a stand-alone in the Cool Flower lineup because she blooms in summer, unlike the rest of the CF that typically bloom in spring. For my first 10 years of farming, I planted...

I write about organic gardening, flower farming, and business. What started out as a family garden back in 1996 has grown into so much more! I never imagined that it would lead to an urban commercial farm, an online garden shop, becoming an author, traveling the country teaching, and now online courses!
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