Firstly … so sorry we haven’t posted for a while … it’s Sunday evening and John and I have just come in after a very productive day working on our new little nursery venture. It’s going to be our main focus for this year as it offers a real opportunity to make a little extra money for my garden budget.
It’s soooo exciting to see all the plants all laid out all in neat rows just like a real nursery 🙂
I’m beginning to realise people just can’t resist plants!
We were out to dinner with friends last night and eventually we got onto the subject of our gardens and I happened to mention our new venture. Well, … you’d think we’d won the lottery! “We’ll be over on Monday to pick out some plants”.
Not quite what I expected … but I have to say that’s pretty much the reaction we’ve had from most of our friends and family.
If you’re considering growing your own plants from cuttings you should read this first!
If you’re thinking of starting you’re own little back garden nursery venture then you need to research something called Plant Breeders Rights.
Basically it’s a law that was introduced to protect the rights of plant breeders … a sort of patent for plants if you like. Essentially it made it illegal to propagate plants for profit … but the good news is there are loads of plants out there that were around before Plant Breeders Rights were introduced that you can propagate.
My advice is:
1. Always read the label on any plant that you buy. It will clearly state if the plant is subject to Plant Breeders Rights.
2. Look for the older varieties and you should have no problems with propagating them.
3. Propagate these older varieties so other growers can access these unprotected varieties.
The more ‘protected plants’ that are introduced to the market the more demand there will be for the unprotected varieties.
June is the time for softwood cuttings
We raise most of our plants from softwood cuttings … except the Japanese Maples which we buy as one year old seedlings and grow them on for the garden.
I’m so pleased with the roses we raised from cuttings last year. The blooms are not huge, but the plants look really healthy and seem to be growing true to the original old variety.
The most gorgeous perfume is filling the Polytunnel at the moment … and to think these gorgeous roses were all grown from softwood cuttings last year.
The idea of starting a little plant nursery happened quite by accident. A couple of years ago I was growing a few Rosemary and Lavender cuttings for a scented hedge for outside the back door. I realised I was growing far too many and needed to find a place for my surplus plants.
Then one weekend my friend Sarah was round for coffee and she was admiring my new lavender hedge and asked how much it cost to plant. Absolutely nothing! I grew them all from softwood cuttings … and they all came from the one plants!
I offered Sarah the eight or so I had left over … to which she said … “You must let me pay you for them” Of course I said no … but that was my eureka moment!
If Sarah was prepared to offer me money for my little lavender plants … perhaps the public would do the same?
Since then I’ve grown over 400 cuttings, from Roses, Philadelphus (Mock Orange and different species of Weigelia, Viburnum and Variegated Dogwoods, to Honeysuckle, Clematis and Blue Fescu Grass.
What’s so great about this whole back garden nursery thing is you can get started with virtually no investment … all you need is a plant pot, some compost and a plant from which you can take the cuttings. The rest you can learn … there are so many growers out there willing to share how you can make it work … and You Tube is also a great source of inspiration.
If you’re planning on having a go at starting your own little back garden venture I’d recommend reading my earlier posts on growing plants from softwood cuttings. It will help you get started and dramatically improve your chances of success.
Until my next post … please enjoy these few photos with our best wishes.
We’re planning to record a short video tour of the garden tomorrow (weather permitting) which I’ll try and post to the You Tube Channel tomorrow evening.
As always please leave any questions or comments below and feel free to drop us an email if you’d like to know more about any of our projects.