September has been all about weddings, the ASCFG conference for cut flower growers, weddings, preparing the farm for winter, and more weddings. We actually sold out of flowers for florists too early, and had to reserve the rest of the farm for our prior commitments like our CSA and a few more weddings.
It's a good thing to sell out- means we're doing something right- but it's also a bad thing, as we could be making more money right now but instead have to save all of our blooms.
The conclusion: we need to grow more stuff!! So, we are taking on another acre of land, which will double our size. We'll put up at least one hoophouse on the new field, which we'll use to grow early sunflowers, eucalyptus late into the fall, and sensitive blooms like lisianthus.
It's not quite time to start planning, though, even though my head is spinning with ideas from the cut flower conference (dahlia varieties, ways to improve our irrigation, hoophouse flowers, so much to do!). We're still tilling up beds and wheelbarrowing compost all over the farm.
We're also planting seeds in the ground that will grow just a little bit before going dormant during the winter, and then blooming early in the summer.
The farm looks more and more peaceful every day, as we put beds to rest.