Planning a cut flower planting for spring 2022, during the long dark days of mid-winter.
When you live in Upstate New York, at least once in your life, you’ve probably cursed the long winter and threatened to pack up and move to a warmer climate. Recently I have been muttering sentiments of finding a warmer climate frequently. But I know these threats are always empty.
Year after year, I layer on the warmest of my clothes, lace up my boots, and trudge through the snow, carrying buckets of water and grain to livestock, though biting mid-winter wind gusts and knee-high snowdrifts.
During these long cold dark days, my thoughts always turn to spring. With each spring comes a new planting season, full of possibilities and potential. But this year, more than ever before, the desire to tend to something beautiful and create something that will bring joy is a constant earning for me.
For over 50 years, vegetables have been grown on our farm. We are often stretched thin during the warmer months as a small family operation. I’ve wanted to grow flowers for years. But it always felt like a frivolous indulgence with so much already going on.
But the past couple of years has only deepened my desire to create a space uniquely my own to make something beautiful.
I’ve decided to see what happens if I just go for it. Try something new, and take a leap. It is exciting and terrifying. Daily I ask myself, “should I be doing this?”, “can I do this?”.
Because I will never know unless I try, Spring 2022 will mark my first cut flower planting on the farm, and I am inviting you the come along for the ride.
I will be sharing my experience raising flowers with the intention of selling bouquets, from seed to bloom. I have no doubt that mistakes will be made and lessons learned along the way. But I believe there is much to be gained by chronicling the journey along the way.
I hope you are just as excited for spring as I am. I will be posting updates here on the blog and videos on Youtube. I hope you will consider joining me.
As I tell our farm’s story, I’d love for you to be a part of it. The last time I started flower seeds, my kids were toddlers, and the temptation of trays full of was too much for little hands to resist. My attempt at starting seeds was a frustrating failure.
I always love hearing from you, but especially now, I would be grateful for any knowledge, tips, or advice you are willing to share along the way.