Grow Your Business

This group is designed for individuals that are interested in building a business around gardening, landscaping, and "growing" something.

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Building your own Cold Frame

For gardeners, having a cold frame can really extend the growing season. Here are some simple directions for creating your own cold frame out of old windows. Hope you enjoy!
KarenBuilding a Cold Frame.pdf

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Will this idea grow?

Started by Paul Giganti. Last reply by Jeremy Obermeyer Feb 14. 2 Replies

Permaculture, the new future?

Started by Alek Faber. Last reply by Michael White Oct 22, 2015. 8 Replies

Saving a Farmers market

Started by Jeremy Obermeyer. Last reply by Sam Burton Oct 22, 2015. 3 Replies

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Comment by Sam Burton on March 31, 2016 at 9:27am

I'm getting ready to set up my 2016 Aquaponics system. For teaching and coaching purposes I find it important to use as many methods as possible in my gardens.

Comment by Sam Burton on March 22, 2016 at 1:59pm

Things look great in the greenhouse. Well, everything except the actual greenhouse which could use some new plastic. Had a few germination problems with some of my peppers; probably user error.  Still going to have more than enough.

Tomatoes look especially good, as do snap peas. I have a few DWC hydroponic buckets that are off to a good start. I tried two different kinds of nutrients, The hydro-gardens tomato formula with cal-mag added are doing very well. The other one is holding on, but not thriving. I will have to give you the name next time. Its out of my head at the moment. I've talked to a lot of people who are getting ready to do their first ever gardens. I truly love helping new people get started.

Oh, I almost forgot, I'm doing a few flowers for our Church this year. I do Marigolds and Nasturtium every year for my own garden, but am growing some for the Church this year. Additionally, I'm trying Coleus, Batchelors Buttons, Carpet Roses, and Cosmos. Got a late start, but they are doing ok. I'm not doing anything new at home this year, because we plan to move abroad.

One last note: I had a large number of volunteer tomatoes appear in the compost. A dozen or more are looking great, so I'm going to transplant them and see what happens. All together, I bet I have 50 volunteers. Obviously, I have no idea what any of them are. My guess is, most are cherry varieties. Time will tell.

Have an great Easter everyone. HE is Risen!

Comment by Michael White on February 18, 2016 at 7:33pm

Sam Burton I can relate with being so focused that I forget about documenting my actions or what is going on. I for one am looking forward to reading your future posts. 

Comment by Sam Burton on February 18, 2016 at 8:51am

Hey, y'all.  Just checking in with some updates.  I've finally got some seeds going in the greenhouse. A few have already sprouted. I have lots of tomato sprouts and some of the lettuce and broccoli have popped up. Yay. I'm going to try and document better this year, because I want to get some ebooks and a course done and I need some photos and videos for later use. It's really hard for me to remember to capture pic and video. I get so focused on the task that I just don't think. 

It's kind of weird and a little sad not having any large livestock around. The farm feels empty with the pigs, cows, goats and donkeys all gone. Mornings are just not the same. At least I still have the chickens and rabbits running to greet me when I go out in the a.m. 

Anyway, nothing much to chat about, just wanted to say hello and see what's going on with the rest of you. as Tigger would say, TTFN.

Comment by Adam DeGuzman on January 28, 2016 at 8:39pm

I'm in the process of starting a window washing business in Ocala, FL and wondered if any of you have any suggestions on how to start and run a successful window washing business? Would love any advice you have to offer. Also, I'm trying to come up with a good name for the business that could attract customers to it. Any ideas?

Comment by Sam Burton on January 27, 2016 at 9:18am

I'm a bit late getting my snap peas and cabbages planted.  First, we've had remarkable rain that has kept me busy with other projects, and also, I've had some major health challenges as my gout has spread to both feet and both knees. I had a flare up the week before Christmas that is just now easing up. On top of that, I have a pinched nerve in my sciatic region and my right leg is rather weak from it. I have no sense of hot or cold on the right side of my body below my chest. It's really weird. I'm doing ok, but I get tired really easily.  Not complaining, just making adjustments to my lifestyle.  Let's see, what else? Oh, the pigs are in the freezer and if the rain holds off, my body is well enough that I should get some roosters and rabbits in there to keep them company. That's about it from here. Hope y'all are well.

Comment by Sam Burton on December 18, 2015 at 8:53am

Wow, I can't believe it's been this long since I posted on here.  Let's see, my computer was out of action for a month (literally) and I've been busy with the podcast, but gosh..... Anyway, I hope you're all doing well and ready for a great Christmas and New Year.  I can't believe I'm Just 3 weeks away from planting Sugar Snap Peas and early greens. Time does fly. 

Other 'on topic' news, includes the fact that I'm ending my contract with the farmer who has been boarding cows in my pastures. The contract is up next week and we won't be renewing it. He's not consistent in bringing hay and minerals to them and as a result they are over grazing the winter pastures.  Besides, the three of them are just too big for the space.

It's three Jersey cows on 4 x 1 acre paddocks.  In the summer its fine, but this time of year, they are just too big and hungry for the area. They are packing the soil and with all the rain, are tearing it up. 

4 acres of good grass is fine for 3 miniature cows along with several goats, but it's not enough for heavy footed, full size beasts, even if they ARE beautiful Jersey girls.  :-) 

It's the same with horses.  Most of our neighbors overgraze their pastures by having too many horses and improper pasture rotation. 1 horse per acre maximum for good maintenance. 

Oops, better climb off my soap box. I guess I'll write a paper on pasture rotation and get it off my chest that way.

Merry Christmas, Y'all.

Comment by Damon on October 22, 2015 at 5:30am

This week's latest adventure:

Comment by Damon on October 22, 2015 at 4:42am

Good going Jeremy! There's so much interest in this kind of living these days.

Comment by Jeremy Obermeyer on October 21, 2015 at 8:53pm

Hey Guys!  I get to read the posts but don't have a lot of time totype any updates.  I have enjoyed reading what you two are up to.  Sam, you're doing a lot of the things that I would like to do.  My first project is to finish a three article series on the benefits of natural living that I will post on my facbook page and send to magazines.  I have also started talks with a major farm store chain about doing workshops for beginning chicken owners in the spring. There's not going to be much with that until January though.  I've had a few meetings with school principals and zoo personnel about doing some workshops there also.  I feel like the only thing holding me back is my daily job that I hope to be able to leave soon and do this full time!  Please keep up the posts!


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