[Market-farming] Flower Bouquets

Todd Lister toddlister1 at gmail.com
Sat May 12 21:18:57 EDT 2012


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On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM, Todd Lister <toddlister1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Carla,
> This year for the first time I attempted to have flowers for the start of
> our market season, which this year was April 7th. We made it with a great
> variety of flowers. Our booth has been loaded with flowers each week from
> the start. A first. I spent about $160 on propane during this very mild
> Feb-March. Depending on type, I like to start flowers in trays in early
> Feb. I start my first tomatoes the first week of January. This year I
> started the flowers with the toms. Usually it ends up being late May before
> we have strong flowers. This year the house had lots of blooms starting in
> late march
> Outside we now have Zinnias, Globe Amaranth, snaps, Opopeo Amaranth, Bach
> Buttons, purple and yellow coneflower, Foxglove, Larkspur and tons of basil
> in flower.
> This mild winter has had good and bad impact.
>
> Can't imagine this whole thing w/o the houses.
> Todd
>
>
>
> On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 8:11 AM, Carla Maness <manessfarm at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Todd,
>> When do you seed/transplant all of these to have them ready the same time
>> as snaps? That's where I'm messing up I think. My schedule is out of whack.
>> I won't have zinnias for another 2 weeks at least!
>>
>> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 8:16 PM, Todd Lister <toddlister1 at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>>> Also,
>>> Basil.
>>> We grow four kinds strictly for the flowering greens for the bouquets.
>>> Might be our most important flower crop. 60' double plants every 16" down a
>>> 36" bed.
>>> Cinnamon
>>> lemon
>>> opal
>>> sweet
>>>
>>> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 9:11 PM, Todd Lister <toddlister1 at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>
>>>> We're making bouquets tonight for tomorrows market.
>>>> Zinnias lead the charge.
>>>> Ageratum, snaps, bach buttons, gomphrena (globe amaranth), lavender,
>>>> strawflower, echinacea, Foxglove, Opopeo amaranth, Black Eyed Susan  and
>>>> celosia, we use Flamingo Feather
>>>> Just about anything that grows in your zone.
>>>> Todd.
>>>>
>>>> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM, Carla Maness <manessfarm at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I picked our first flowers today, which I'm glad to have for Mothers
>>>>> Day weekend at market, but as is typical for me, the only thing I have are
>>>>> snapdragons. Buckets and buckets of snaps.
>>>>> What other flowers would bloom at the same time as snaps? I do mixed
>>>>> bouquets for my market, and obviously it's hard to make a mixed bok when I
>>>>> don't have anything else to mix!
>>>>> Any ideas, information, etc... is greatly appreciated so maybe I can
>>>>> plan a little better for next year.
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks!
>>>>> Carla
>>>>> Perkins, OK
>>>>>
>>>>> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM, Vern and Amy <vaspencer at sisna.com>wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> I know others are having trouble with heat and drought.  It finally
>>>>>> stopped raining last week and a cold front blew in for two days.  It
>>>>>> was
>>>>>> 20 degrees this morning.  The row cover in the hoophouse was starting
>>>>>> to
>>>>>> freeze laying on top of 100 flats of tomato and pepper starts.  I
>>>>>> turned
>>>>>> on a couple milkhouse heaters before the sun came up and sprinkled the
>>>>>> cherry tree blossoms with the pre-drained hose to try saving them,
>>>>>> too.
>>>>>> Have a great day!
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Vern
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