Looks like it’s been a long time between posts. Sorry about that.
The main intent of this blog was to have a site other than my greenhouse website that could serve as a learning resource about greenhouses, growing for market and starting a retail nursery. I think it’s serving it’s purpose in it’s current form and I honestly can’t think of any new and exciting content that I can pass along so I will just give you a short update on what’s going on at Steve’s Greenhouses.
Since Karla retired from the post office last May We have, started a retail nursery here at our place, bought a motorhome to travel in, and started getting serious (semi) about upgrading our landscape.
The nursery idea was to keep Karla from getting too bored in her new retirement. She retired on a Monday and we opened up the Weekend Nursery 3 days later, no chance to get bored there. We decided on the Weekend Nursery name as we figured it was totally descriptive of our business plan. Open on Friday Saturday and Sunday,starting in May and going into August. We were totally unprepared for the number of great folks that showed up throughout the first season. We think we may have met almost every person living between our place and Mt.St. Helens. We are located a mile from Interstate 5 so everyone east of us toward the mountain has to drive by us at least twice a day for work or shopping. Seems like everyone we met said they were from “just up the road”, turns out that amounts to up to 40 miles. We are tucked away from the highway a bit but folks driving toward the freeway can see the top part of our property as well as our greenhouses. We put up our sign where they could see it as well as a few out on the highway and business just took off from there. We also put up our usual Pink Wave Petunia pots where they can be seen from Spirit Lake Highway, lots of folks comment on seeing these pot on the way to work in the mornings and some say it brightens up their commute a little.
I have been trying to explain to Karla the feeling of interacting with my greenhouse customers in the past but she could never really understand the high you get sharing your flowers and veggies with your customer/friends until she experienced it herself. From that first day on she is just loving meeting and interacting with all the new customers. She was afraid she didn’t know enough about plants and the nursery business but it turns out you don’t have to know everything. Most customers already know what they are looking for and if not it’s really to walk around with them until you get a feeling for what they want to accomplish and then making suggestions to fit their needs.
Granted we did start out small with mostly Proven Winners plants, planters and baskets, but we also had several perennials that we have already started adding to for next year.
The Golden Rule to a nursery owner is ” Just wait till next year” this will be the subject of our next post.
Happy planning, for next year that is.
I know this doesn’t have anything to do with Nursery stuff but it was a great pic and wanted to share.