We’ve been working towards building our own little back garden nursery business for the last 2-3 years. Nothing too ambitious … a micro nursery with attitude I call it. 🙂
I’m confident I have a good grasp of the propagation side of the business and have been sharing my experiences through the blog and on our YouTube channel.
This year I’m looking to up my game and see how best to use the space I have available. I’ve already started to collect some ideas together and have to say I’m getting very excited about the whole idea.
It’s our major project for this year and it won’t be long before the growing season kicks off in earnest, so I need to kick things along a bit if I’m to make the most of the Spring season!
I’ve put together a rough plan to share and would welcome your comments as I’m really not very good at this kind of thing.
You’ll see from the plan I’ve included a newly built covered area which will double up as a potting shed, as well as a general store. It will also offer shelter from the April showers and provide a nice space for pottering about or maybe running a couple of courses in the summer.
Also I need to make sure there is an electric point for a kettle. After all you can’t garden without a steady supply of tea!
John is planning to install solar power with mains back up for days when the sun stays away. I’ll be interested to see exactly how much power we’ll be able to generate.
We’ve split the plot into different areas or spaces, each serving a specific function. Over time I’m hoping the plants will spill out onto the paths and soften the edges creating a more natural feel to the space which is the general effect we’re after.
A. The Cut Flower Garden.
Approximately 40ft long by 8ft wide dedicated to growing a range of gorgeous English cut flowers. I’ve always been a lover of cut flowers and this year I’m planning on growing more than ever. I might even try and sell a few bunches at the village shop.
(If you’d like to know more about growing cut flowers I’ve put up a few blog posts that might help you to get started)
B. The Sales Area.
This will be for showing off the plants and will be arranged in such a way that customers can wander freely and really get a feel for the range of plants we sell.
I guess what I’m looking for is an environment where visitors feel comfortable and leave thinking they can’t wait to come back again.
C. Workshop & Potting Shed.
Basically a shed that will provide shelter from the rain and shade in the height of the summer. We’ll use it as a store and build a potting shed in one side. The design will be based on a traditional wood frame structure. (John is planning to put up some plans when his workload will allow)
D. Propagation Center.
I’m going to create a dedicated propagation area. It’s easier to manage and I won’t end up with cuttings here there and everywhere.
I tend to get better results if the cutting boxes are positioned in a shady spot, which is why we chose this particular part of the garden. There is a Victoria plum tree immediately adjacent to the propagation area which casts dappled shade in the summer months which will help to keep the cuttings from drying out. Should be perfect.
If you’d like to know more about growing your own plants from cuttings there’s lots of advice on the internet. If you’d like know how we got started head on over to the Rural Gardeners You Tube channel where you’ll find a series of short videos John recorded last summer explaining about how easy it is to get started propagating your own plants from cuttings.
F. Rainwater Collection
Really important to have good rainwater collection, especially if you’re on a water meter. Every penny helps as they say.
I plan to have a series of barrels on a plinth with taps about half way up the barrel. Saves bending down so much.
Well, as soon as the weather improves in March we’ll get started but can’t do too much until all this rain passes and the ground starts to dry out, or we’ll simply make a terrible mess everywhere.
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Thanks for reading and as always any questions fire them over and we’ll endeavor to answer them.