Primrose Creations | Flower Farm
Preparing to plan
- Monthly/Weekly/Daily Planner – I use this to schedule when seeds need to be started indoors, transplanted outside, or directly sown.
- General Notebook (Green) – I always have a generic notebook when I’m working on projects. It gives me a space to jot down any notes, tips, or reminders all in one place for quick reference
- Business Planning Notebook (Pink) – This one I use a bit less. I have it on hand just in case I have an epiphany of topics I’d like to cover on the blog, how I’d like to market my products, etc.
- Flower Info Notebook – This notebook is the holy grail of all things flowers that I currently own. In it, I have flowers that are best for cutting broken down into specific data points:
- Seed starting process (direct, transplant, stratify, etc)
- Plant spacing
- Flowering period
I invested my time upfront into researching every single flower variety I was attracted to from several catalogs and wrote it in the important Blue notebook. From there, I narrowed down what I wanted to purchase (and from where). This research has made the rest of the planning process easier because I can get all of the information I need in one place rather than searching through different books and websites.
Planning design around plant spacing
At first glance, this may look overwhelming but it’s actually quite the opposite. I use Excel for this part, but Google Sheets will work just as well. The smaller squares represent 6 square inches. The middle squares are 12 square inches, and the largest squares are 18 square inches. The colors represent the placement of each flower variety, allowing me to have a better visualization of what is being planted and where. Next comes the fun yet not-so-fun part! This next step isn’t completely necessary but I like the visual.
After figuring out how where flowers such as the Zinnia’s will be planted, I took images from the varieties and added them to each square. The reason I do this is to see how much of each color or each plant I plan on growing. It’s easier to make a change here rather than in the field!
Planning to succeed
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