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 the 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
- Keep the growing season going by planting these flowers in August
- Planting these flowers in July is worth the investment. Learn why!
- Fall cutting garden: add these varieties for lasting color
- Annual Flowers to plant in June for a colorful summer and fall
- Flowers in Bloom: What Native Flowers to See In April
- Flowers for a colorful summer. Start these varieties in May
3 Replies to “Small flower farm planning process”
I have a very similar spreadsheet I use as well. Love hearing about how you plan your garden – it’s great to get new ideas! Sending you lots of good vibes for healthy germination rates!
Thanks, so far things are starting off good! Glad to hear I’m not the only crazy organized plant lady. Hope you guys dry out soon!
look forward to following you