Grow Your Business

This group is designed for individuals that are interested in building a business around gardening, landscaping, and "growing" something.

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Building your own Cold Frame

For gardeners, having a cold frame can really extend the growing season. Here are some simple directions for creating your own cold frame out of old windows. Hope you enjoy!
KarenBuilding a Cold Frame.pdf

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Started by Karen Wortman. Last reply by stephen rager Oct 3. 10 Replies


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Comment by Karen Wortman on November 3, 2010 at 7:40pm

Deer can be very frustrating, beautiful, but frustrating. I have found two things that help keep the deer out of my garden. First, a BIG dog. We use Anatolian Shepherds on our farm. Emma and Trooper are considered livestock guardians and keep predators away from our goats, chickens, turkeys, and horses. The secondary benefit is that both of them will chase away anything they know doesn't belong. That includes the coyotes, foxes, stray dogs, raccoons, deer, etc.
The second thing that I have done is to plant herbs along the perimeter of my garden. Most wildlife doesn't like the strong aroma of herbs so they keep away from it. If you plant the herbs on the edge and your veggies in the interior, that will help keep the deer away.
Good luck!
Comment by Kathryn Lehan on November 3, 2010 at 4:38pm
Hi everyone! I just joined the group. My sister and I just bought a 70-acre farm to do organic farming. Does anyone know a good way to keep deer from eating my plants? Our farm is in East Texas where there are deer everywhere!

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Comment by Karen Wortman on May 20, 2010 at 6:33pm

I think it depends on the area. There are several worm farmers in my area and they do a decent job of marketing their product. I do enjoy adding worm casings to my soil when I start a new bed because I have such hard, clay soil.
As with anything, it is all in how you market it.
Comment by Andrew Bodley on May 7, 2010 at 5:07pm
Howdy all, I have a question. How prevalent is worm casings fertilizer? Are worm casing in demand? Are they easy to find? Without just stealing Terracycle’s ideas are there other opportunities in this area?

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Comment by Karen Wortman on April 22, 2010 at 9:13pm
Hi Liz,
Absolutely, you are welcome to join us. You are growing a business!

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Comment by Karen Wortman on March 3, 2010 at 7:28am
I will have to find a picture for you of the window greenhouse. I will be happy to send it to you.
I market to restaurants that advertise that they use local produce. I start with a letter and then follow up with a person phone call. And, of course word of mouth works great as well

Comment by Mary Lawson on March 2, 2010 at 8:47pm
Would love to see a picture of your window greenhouse! Have plenty of windows to use.
How are you marketing to local restaurants?



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Comment by Karen Wortman on November 18, 2009 at 2:20pm
As to the size of a sustainable farm, there are many variables. There is a lady in North Carolina that has only 5 acres and works full time on her "farm" growing cut flowers for wholesale and retail. There are other people with 100's of acres. Last year, I did my first CSA with 12 families on less then a 1/2 acre of property. With veggies, herbs, and eggs, I grossed around $6,000. Next year I will triple my garden size, double my CSA membership, and sell more herbs to local chefs. I believe the size of the farm has to do more with what you want to "grow" (more land needed for cows and livestock, then veggies) and also how much you can manage. You also must consider your budget and the cost of equipment. We have only been farming since 2005 and I can tell you that it will be quite a while before our income from the farm exceeds our expenses.
Comment by Tim Mitchell on October 23, 2009 at 10:58am
Looking at starting a sustainable farm. Have done a lot of research on the subject. Does anyone have suggestions as to size.
Comment by Steve Wilson on August 9, 2009 at 8:51pm
Good evening! I would like to join the group if I may.

My name is Steve and my wife and I have a small animal feed / landscape supply company in the Kansas City Metro area.

Best wishes,


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