What Would You Name It?

hat’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.

~ William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Last night my husband told me: “Go buy some wholesale plants; let’s get you selling them at the Farmer’s market, etc. etc.” Since I can’t seem to find work in my field any longer, I need to generate some income again. Last year it was my goal to get quite a few things growing, take the seeds, start them this year, and sell (at the farmer’s market, from home, on Craig’s list, etc.) However, it’s easier said than done. A lot of the herbs I planted didn’t grow. Some grew but not well enough/large enough to seed. We worked on so many things last year that I couldn’t pay specific attention to planting and caring for those seeds and seedlings.

So, in order to get me doing something to make money, my husband said we’d go buy some starter plants so I can at least get going on this idea and try it. It will take awhile to get a garden going where I can cull my own plants and seeds from it to sell.

So I have to get a business license if I want to buy wholesale. Then, here comes the kicker – I have to think of a business name. Show stopper here. I’ve been collecting words and garden-type business names for over a year, and have come up with nothing creative, cute, or simply just nice, that fits! We started throwing around words and names last night. I’m not creative like that. That’s why I started last year saving ideas, and my short list leaves a lot to be desired.

I like these words:

  • sunny
  • seasons
  • flowers
  • meadows
  • blackberry
  • patch
  • lavender
  • fields
  • idyllic – folks may not know how to pronounce; what it means
  • birdsong
  • summer
  • sky
  • bees
  • leaf
  • mountain (abundance)
  • green
  • fields
  • spring
  • path

I’ve been playing with  combinations of these words, adding other words, i.e. Sunny Gardens, Sunny Sky Gardens, Sunny Day Gardens…you get the idea. Also doing things like Bloomin’ ____ Gardens (Bloomin’ Fool, Bloomin’ Nuts haha you get the idea). Nothing seems to strike me.  Maybe you can help with some ideas.

I would sell vegetables, flowers, herbs, and seeds in the future. All organic, eventually heirlooms. So the name can’t be just a flower name, or an herb name, or a vegetable name. “Tomater Tom’s Garden” but I’m selling lavender seeds – is that even ok? I don’t know that it’d work as well as something general.

If you had a gardening business, what would you name it?

Have a bloomin’ day!

Spring Things!

Before winter has gone, but after spring has just whispered its warmth, it’s always exciting to see bulb leaves coming up out of the ground. I think these are hyacinths! (My mom, sister and I all agreed these are tulips, not hyacinths – why they’re coming up earlier than anything else, I don’t know!)

And I was going about watering my indoor plants and noticed my orchid has buds. I have had several orchids for years and years and years – at least 5 to 7 years. Never rebloomed. Then last year, this one decided to have one stem with flowers. I was beyond excited. This year, it’s got three stems that have buds! It’s a red cattleya orchid and it looks like all three stems will be out around the same time. Pix to come!

Garden Planning

Pallets

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I’d better hurry up and get my website stuff over to this blog, finishing up the project of shutting down my website/migrating it here. Spring’s a-comin’!

I’ve already scratched out a draft of my garden and what I want in it this year. I’m going to go with the same stuff we’ve grown the past few years, but moving over to heirloom seeds. Anything I don’t have that’s heirloom I will try to buy. Because our budget is so tight right now, I’m going to have problems purchasing everything I need.

There are seed traders, but I need seeds to trade for them. Some kind people do offer a few seeds for free, so I might just hang out on those forums and see if I can send a SASE to get a few free starter heirloom seeds of the things I need.

 

Raised bed from Pallets

 

 

I also plan on building raised beds this year from pallets. Six would be great (that’s the goal) but I’ll be happy to get a few. My husband works where he can get pallets and flat pressed board free. He is thinking he should make a shed. I told him go for it! Once the snow thaws I’ll be out assessing the pallets we already have, and figuring out how many more we need.

We’re also fortunate to have bamboo growing in our backyard, as well as a willow tree. The neighbor behind us HATES our bamboo. I love it. Grow more more more!! She asked us to cut a lot of it back. It is our yard and we like it and told her so, but we said we would cut back what’s close to her fence. In his ever niceness eager to please way, my husband got overzealous in cutting back our bamboo last summer. I was not pleased! However, we now have a dry pile of hard bamboo! I’ll trim off the thin stems from the stalk, and we can whip them together and use them for mini-trellises for staking peas or vining plants. I can’t wait to get started on this! I don’t have experience doing any of this (building raised beds, twining the bamboo stalks to make something useful) but I plan to learn.

 

Our willow tree was trimmed back a year and a half ago. Unfortunately I didn’t do anything with the stems. You can make so many many things with willow stems. I’ll see how the tree is this year and maybe I can try one or two small projects. I kind of like this living garden arch project I saw. You stick the stems into the ground on two sides and weave the ends above you making an arch. It’ll be bare the first year but if you keep it watered next year the leaves will grow and it’ll fill in. I’ve kept a picture of it somewhere and the instructions; when I find I’ll post.