Custom Ordering Pre-starts in 2019
Did you just go “what” LOL.. I have had a few folks look at me funny when I said I am thrilled to be working with a local greenhouse owner who is offering pre-starts.
These are the pre-starts that I got from him on May long weekend.. They were outstanding! I can only hope that I will get just as good this year!
What have I ordered this year as my pre-starts?
- Sauce Tomato’s
- Summer Eating Tomato’s
- Cherry Tomato’s
- Sauce Peppers – Yellow and Red
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Med-Hot Peppers
- Hot-Hot Peppers
- Ground Cherries
And I don’t feel the least bit bad about it.
- I am supporting a local business that grows and sells food all season long in our community at a time that is a bit lean in the year.. these early starts help him bring in bit more income!
- I am paying a faction of the cost if I went to the “garden center” and I am custom picking the types of plants I want including custom choices that he is growing just for me.
- I am getting a massive head start. While I can start them at the same time, I simply CAN not allow mine to grow as big as he can. I would be pinching mine down to make them thicker, where he has the space for them to “grow”. last year I worked with him for tomato’s and peppers and we were eating fresh by the end of June
- I do pay a extra fee to have mine potted up, this means that I have more flexablity in regards to holding them for extra days before planting (however they can be offered bare root) but this also means that I have extra small size starting pots coming in that will be reused for many years to come!
- This gives me more room in my house and my own unheated green house space to do all kinds of other starts, while pushing the biggest “space hogs” to be done off site.
I have so many extra things to start this year in terms of clippings for re-working and re-doing in the main yard that I will be really happy that I cleared this space for “other” uses in 2019.
By thinking ahead and planning ahead, we will be planting out on time and still able to do lots of “different from normal starts” I look forward to sharing a number of these different plants and how to save by starting them off their mother plants.
While I know that a number of folks have larger greenhouses or they have much longer growing season’s and that’s great but if you have a shorter season, its worth at least asking at your local greenhouse’s if they will do custom starts and if so maybe its worth considering asking if they will grow a tray of that heritage seed.
If you do that, its worth also having a tiny chat on what, they use if they do so in terms of pest control or sprays as well.. In my case I have had that chat and am comfortable with the answers given and have faith in his word in this regards.
Do you always grow your own? Do you have a favorite privately owned greenhouse that sells starts that you always buy from? Do you go to the big box garden centers? Do you live in a small town and the local hardware, feed store or co-op open up a little garden center for the spring only?