The Q&A Archives: Don't Know Where To Start!

Question: When I move I want to have a large garden and open a shop to sell flowers and plants. I look around at all these garden site but its all overwelming. If I want to have a LARGE amount of flowers and plants where do I start? I know there are a lot of techniques and things like that, but I don't think I can learn them fast.

Answer: Growing plants is complex, especially when it is done on a commercial basis. Sometimes there is just no easy substitute for some experience. You might try working for a nursery for a season and see how they do things before you open your own business. You could also "learn by doing" and start out by growing your own annuals and perennials in the garden and learn to propagate them little by little over the course of the season. You could also consult with your county extension since you will be doing this commercially. Remember too that plants as a crop require a certain amount of time to grow and develop into a saleable size. In the meantime, I would suggest you look at a book or two to get the basics. The "Dummies" series includes a number of gardening books full of practical, step by step no nonsense directions. Good luck with your project!

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