Grow Your Own: Spring Flowers

 
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Have you ever wanted to have your own cutting garden? Beautiful flowers that are all yours to harvest and enjoy? Our Grow Your Own workshops teach you the basics of a cutting garden. This fall our workshop concentrates on spring flowers because the best spring gardens begin now. In the mild winter climate of our area, we can sow seeds in the fall to harvest early spring bounty. Ranunculus, anemones, sweet peas, larkspur, love in a mist and many more can grow in your garden all winter long to bring you a gorgeous spring cutting garden weeks before summer beauties begin. 

We'll cover all the basics from soil prep, frost protection, selecting flower varieties, and seed starting. 

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Soil Prep

The cutting garden is designed to go in a raised bed but we'll also talk about the basics of how to deal with the heavy soils in our area and how you can fit your spring flowers into an existing garden. 

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Frost Protection

These spring flowers are tough! But even the toughest need a little help sometimes, so we will discuss when to use the frost blanket and hoops provided in your workshop materials. Also we will discuss how certain temperatures and weather conditions affect your plants. 

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Flower Varieties/Seed starting

On the second night, we will have a lesson in soil blocking and begin to start some of your spring crops. Soil blocking is a unique technique that works well for small gardens and farms. We will also have an in-depth discussion of the flower varieties chosen along with how to start the seeds, when to start them and how to grow your seedlings out. All the seeds and corms you need will be supplied with your workshop materials. 

When: September 10 and 11, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Fraylick Farm, Travelers Rest, SC (exact location given after registration)
Cost: $175
Flowers we will be growing: ranunculus, anemone, sweet peas, love in a mist (nigella), feverfew, buplerum, yarrow, bachelor buttons, poppies, scabiosa, snapdragons, larkspur
Supplies Included: soil blocker tool, frost blanket covers, metal frost hoops, flower netting, seeds and corms, seed tray, notebook with workshop handouts and charts, a beautiful bouquet of autumn flowers to take home and enjoy
Light Refreshments will be provided.
Registration closes Sept 6, 2018.

Schedule:
Monday, Sept 10- 1st session covers garden layout and soil prep, frost protection and dealing with cold temperatures, irrigation*, and a farm tour showing you how we do spring flowers on a large scale, Q and A time
*Irrigation for a spring garden will be mostly hand watering/sprinklers as we usually get enough natural rain in our climate during the winter months. Our Summer/Fall flowers workshop will cover setting up a drip watering system. The irrigation discussion will discuss how much water your plants need and how wet affects cool season crops. 

Tuesday, Sept 11- 2nd session covers flower selection and growing information, seed starting using the soil blocking method, Q and A time