In the last two years I have planted over 400 trees, bushes, vines, etc. on my property. Right now I have 150 small support trees (locust and autumn olive) waiting to be planted into my food forest.
The sheer variety of what will be budding out and going into full on growth mode in 2015 has me very excited. There are over 20 varieties of apple, an equal if not higher variety of plumbs, 6 different low chill cherries and more. I still have to find a home that will meet the needs of 10 bush hazels.
I have even found a spot I call current row and it is now planted with 7 currant varieties, this little sweet spot is perfect to help currants survive my harsh climate. I have many varieties of autumn olive going like gang busters, three different mull berry species and comfrey nestled down for the winter everywhere.
It has all been a ton of fun, but let me tell you what I have learned during this time…
1. Plants are trees are fascinating
2. The variety of what is available in any climate is staggering
3. Even small spaces can be planted with dozens or hundreds of trees
4. For every tree you are going to want 10 or more other perennial plants
5. Finding what you want is often difficult and highly seasonal
6. The big one, plants and trees are expensive!
This has led me to begin the planning and development of my own back yard nursery. Today I will discuss that and the things are are currently building and installing.
I will also discuss the opportunity that exists in this space for running your own business and the various ways you can get started.
Join Me Today to Discuss…
- My current plans (phyical build happening now)
- Intermittent Misting Beds
- Tree seedlings and grow out beds
- Nursery work station
- Future plans
- High quality green house
- Highly Insulated
- Rear wall solid, no glass
- Lean-to style roof
- Power and automated watering
- Really a small house with plants in it
- Will use a thermal battery (earth based)
- Delayed until next season (wife is getting her kitchen first)
- High quality green house
- Why this makes a good business model
- Value creation – product production
- Current demand exceeds supply
- Allows for story based marketing
- You are selling an appreciating asset
- Countless niches
- Cider Apples
- Medicinal Plants
- Regional Specific
- Build a Guilds
- What Can You Think Of
- Creates repeat and referral business
- Legal hurtles are small (nursery permit)
- Product can be sold local, shipped or both
- Good margins, room to cut deals
- Easily started, not easily replicated
- Many small producer advantages over the “big guys”
- Some Plants I am Excited to Work With
- Goji Berry
- “Designer Autumn Olive” and Goumis
- Various “seedling” and “spitter” apples
- Bush Cherries
- Final Thoughts
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