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Growing Flowers for Profit

Love to garden? Would like to turn your gardening hobby into a good spare-time income? If so, flowers could be just the crop for you. You can start with just a few dollars for seeds and supplies, and turn your backyard or small acreage into a moneymaker in your very first season.

 TitleAuthorDescription
Flowers for Sale: Growing and Marketing Cut Flowers (Bootstrap Guide)
Lee SturdivantFLOWERS FOR SALE PROVIDES A GREAT STARTING POINT FOR NEW COMMERCIAL FLOWER GROWERS, AND INCLUDES SOME UNIQUE MARKETING IDEAS THAT EVEN ESTABLISHED GROWERS CAN FIND USEFUL.
Specialty Cut Flowers: The Production of Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs and Woody Plants for Fresh and Dried Cut Flowers
Allan M. Armitage and Judy M. LaushmanA book written primarily as a professional reference that nonetheless has proven useful to amateurs because of the depth of the information provided. Gardeners who grow flowers for creating floral displays will find the author's recommendations on optimal stages of harvest invaluable.
A Victorian Flower Dictionary: The Language of Flowers Companion
Mandy Kirkby“A flower is not a flower alone; a thousand thoughts invest it.” Daffodils signal new beginnings, daisies innocence. Lilacs mean the first emotions of love, periwinkles tender recollection. Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings—love or grief, jealousy or devotion. Now, modern-day romantics are enjoying a resurgence of this bygone custom, and this book will share the historical, literary, and cultural significance of flowers with a whole new generation. With lavish illustrations, a dual dictionary of flora and meanings, and suggestions for creating expressive arrangements, this keepsake is the perfect compendium for everyone who has ever given or received a bouquet.
How to Draw Flowers (Dover How to Draw)
Barbara Soloff LevyClear, step-by-step illustrations show youngsters and other would-be artists how to use simple shapes to draw realistic likenesses of 30 different garden flowers, among them a sunflower, daisy, rose, morning glory, tulip, daffodil, poinsettia, Easter lily, pansy, jack-in-the-pulpit, bird of paradise, iris, and 18 other lovely blossoms.
An American Cutting Garden: A Primer for Growing Cut Flowers Where Summers Are Hot and Winters Are Cold
Suzanne McIntireIn An American Cutting Garden Suzanne McIntire describes how to plan a cutting garden, choose suitable plants, keep the garden in good order, and harvest a bountiful crop—all with charm and humor. Using both common and botanical names, she discusses in depth a wide variety of herbaceous perennials, biennials, annuals, and bulbs. McIntire includes information on topics such as the length of stems one might expect from the cutting garden, how many plants are needed of any one kind, when and how to sow seed outdoors, the heat-hardiness of plants, and strategies for coping with the effects of hot summers and cold winters.Suzanne McIntire is a freelance writer and seasoned veteran of gardening in northern Virginia. She is the editor of The American Heritage Book of Great American Speeches for Young People.
The Architect of Flowers
William Lychack The stories in William Lychack’s dazzling new collection, The Architect of Flowers, explore the dear and inevitable distance between people in loving relationships and find hope in dark situations. With tiny, precise details, Lychack observes the overlooked moments of everyday life—the small failings between parents and children, the long-held secrets in married life. A small-town policeman brings himself to shoot a family’s injured dog; an old woman secretly trains a crow to steal for her; a hybridizer’s wife discovers the perfect lie to bring her family magically together again. Lychack’s characters yearn to re-enchant the world, to turn the ordinary and profane into the sacred and beautiful again, to make beauty serve as an antidote to grief. From ghostwriter to ghost runners to ghosts in a chapel, these stories are extraordinary portraits of life’s tender humiliations as well as its sharp, rude jolts.
The Architect of Flowers
William Lychack The stories in William Lychack’s dazzling new collection, The Architect of Flowers, explore the dear and inevitable distance between people in loving relationships and find hope in dark situations. With tiny, precise details, Lychack observes the overlooked moments of everyday life—the small failings between parents and children, the long-held secrets in married life. A small-town policeman brings himself to shoot a family’s injured dog; an old woman secretly trains a crow to steal for her; a hybridizer’s wife discovers the perfect lie to bring her family magically together again. Lychack’s characters yearn to re-enchant the world, to turn the ordinary and profane into the sacred and beautiful again, to make beauty serve as an antidote to grief. From ghostwriter to ghost runners to ghosts in a chapel, these stories are extraordinary portraits of life’s tender humiliations as well as its sharp, rude jolts.
The Profitable Hobby Farm, How to Build a Sustainable Local Foods Business
Sarah Beth AubreyTurn your hobby farm into a successful businessNo experience in farming? No problem! The Profitable Hobby Farm gives you all the tools you need to launch a thriving hobby farm business. Based on the author's expert guidance and the motivating experiences of other small farmers, it shows you how to blend strategy, marketing, and money management in order to prosper.The Profitable Hobby Farm provides sound, friendly start-up advice on a variety of topics essential to making an initial foray into a local foods venture.A must-read book for raising and selling local, sustainable foodsIncludes sample business plan, grant application, marketing and advertising plan, and other formsLengthy resources section directs you to additional readingAlso by Aubrey: Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm BusinessWhether it's growing heirloom tomatoes, raising free-range chickens for their eggs, or making organic wine or cheese, this book shows you how to turn your hobby into a profit.
Start Your Own Herb and Herbal Products Business (Start Your Own Herb & Herbal Products Business)
Entrepreneur PressMake a good living naturally, growing and selling herbs and herbal products There's a huge demand for herbs and herbal products today. Cooks use herbs to enhance the flavors of their meals. Bath and beauty products use herbs for both their scents and therapeutic qualities. And herbal teas, candles, and potpourri are more popular than ever. As a result, the herb business is booming. There are lots of ways to cash in on this lucrative opportunity. You can: Sell fresh cut herbs to restaurants and markets Sell potted plants to garden centers and home gardeners Operate a display garden, retail shop and tea room on your own farm Make herbal products from wreaths to herb vinegars and sell them at farmers markets and arts and crafts fairs Best of all, your business can be as small or large as you want. You can start in a rooftop garden, a section of your backyard, an empty lot, or go all the way with your own farm and greenhouse. This essential guide not only shows you how to grow herbs, but also how o develop a wide range of herbal products you can sell to expand your business and improve profits. You'll learn everything you need to know, including expert advice on how to: Grow, harvest and package the most popular herbs and edible flowers Construct, operate and maintain your own herb garden or greenhouse Create your own herbal products, including dips, jellies, teas, dream pillows, soaps, shampoos, fragrances, wreaths, note cards, and more! Expand your business through wholesaling, mail order catalog sales, and newsletters You also get useful sample forms, a glossary, additional resources, plus step-by-step instructions, checklists, and worksheets to guide you through each step of the start-up process and help you get started making your dream of owning your own business come true.
Romantic Style
Selina LakeIf you love elegant furniture and soft colours and a home filled with flowers and candlelight, then you'll adore Romantic Style. In this beguiling new book, stylist Selina Lake and interiors writer Sara Norrman show you real homes beautifully decorated with an eye for the elegant. First, explore Romantic Inspirations - Vintage Romantic, Simple Romantic, Elegant Romantic and Modern Romantic - four very different facets of the romantic look. Next, Romantic Styling outlines the key ingredients of any romantic scheme - colours, flowers and fabrics, collectables and lighting. Romantic Rooms takes a room-by-room tour of the home, with explanations of how to create such a scheme yourself. Finally, Sources will help you find the perfect pieces for your romantic home.