"It is a privilege and dream-
come-true for me to grow and deliver intoxicating beauty."
- Paula Rice
Paula Rice is a professional cut flower farmer and florist providing intoxicating beauty to North Idaho for 15 years. She loves growing and playing with flowers and seeks ways to keep her passion alive and strong by finding solutions to the complexities of operating a growing and designing business in zone 4. It has been quite the education. When she’s not working the fields, you can find her walking the fields, eating raspberries, and wondering what she should make for dinner.
It’s not too late to start many of your garden plants for the coming summer. Plenty can still be produced easily and economically. With a little investment into a basic system, you should be able to grow oodles of seedlings for years to come. Here is a list of things you are just in time to start seeding:
Vegetables: Cucumbers, summer squash, winter squash, pumpkins, kale, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, eggplant, peppers, etc.
Flowers: Cosmos, marigolds, celosia, zinnias, sweet peas, grasses, etc.
If you don’t have a greenhouse to move your seedlings into, that is no problem. You can move your plants in and out of the house on nights it is going to freeze or …you can “jimmy-rig” something to protect them during the cold nights….like bales of hay around them with a blanket. Yes, take the blanket off in the morning.
Now for a picture tutorial of BeeHaven’s Seeding Process:
So Let’s re-cap the seeding process:
Finally, here is an excellent on-line seed germination database for figuring out the germination requirements of different species. – http://tomclothier.hort.net/
Good luck and have fun. Most of the joy of gardening is in watching the plant grow and mature.
"My name is Paula Rice and I have been growing and playing with cut flowers in zone 4 for 15 years. I speak many dialects of flower quite fluently and have loved creating a life rooted in growing."
Sign-up to our newsletter to receive future information about growing and designing garden-grown cut flowers.