The simple fact is that the blossom farms are what could be considered “micro farms” compared to the huge expanses of corn and soybean farms which make up much of their farmland across the high plains. The majority of the flower farms in the seasonal flower movement are now under five acres. Should you ever hang around a whole lot of flower farmers, anyone growing on over 10 acres is considered one of the “big guys.” It is all relative, I guess. Unlike commodity crops, as well as most vegetable creation, flowers are planted, cultivated and harvested all by hand. Very little mechanization beyond discipline preparation is in fact involved, which means labor more often limits production than by land.
Flower Farming Canada
The transition from a tiny island into Canada’s most populous city was difficult, and Sarah responded by planting flowers in her little yard.
“I started bringing a few bouquets to the Farmers’ Market believing it would be a fantastic way to recoup some costs.” she shared. “As my yard started to overflow I began to examine the failed yards surrounding me. Maybe they would not mind, if I planted some flowers, I thought? I started by asking my friends, then got bolder and lost letters in mailboxes and then place an add on Craigslist that said, ‘Flowers Hunting Gardens.’”
Today, years later, you will find hidden gardens sprinkled throughout Toronto that overflow with sustainably grown flowers. Sarah’s micro-farm, My Luscious Backyard, is only 1/16 of an acre that’s spread across 9+ residential lawns in the heart of Toronto. This season she is hoping to boost some yards she tends to 12 or 13. Each storyline is intensively planted with flowers from which she can supply five wineries each week. It Operates a subscription service and provides floral designs for approximately a dozen weddings every year.
Sarah’s tips for effective “backyard flower farming” include:
- Be sure to have blossoms ready for after the premier flush of blooms in mid summer.
- This is vital to planting many different flowers and foliage in the colors and shapes you need for blossoms. Planning can also be essential to timing blossom times, so you’ve got a season full of flowers.
- This is key because every blossom will count!
- Narrow pathways mean more space for flower beds, also, there is no money to be made from the trails! Paths of only 18″ work well for Sarah.
- Amend your soil. To have beautiful blooms, you will want to construct nutrient rich soil that is high in organic matter to be able to encourage the intensive growing in a small area.
Meanwhile, over in Brooklyn, a lack of a lawn has not ceased floral designer Joshua Werber from developing a small rooftop cutting garden to provide supplemental decorative material for his designs. The backyard is only ten feet wide, and 20 feet long with a fire escape at the center and the whole garden is composed of containers.
I love all of the examples of industrious flower fans finding creative solutions to growing beautiful blossoms in spite of limited space. Tomorrow, I will continue with another inspirational tale of small area flower farming. Stay tuned!