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Start a Backyard Plant Nursery Business, Part 3: Equipment and Fertilizer

| 10/29/2019 10:08:00 AM

Backyard Plant Nursery Fertilizing 

I talked about seaweed solution, sun, and soil in the previous article, Start a Backyard Plant Nursery Business, Part 2. Today, I’ll talk about fertilizers and equipment you need to start a backyard plant nursery.

Backyard plant nurseries are one of the few businesses you can start with almost zero outlay. You can start with a few pots (you can find lots for free or cheaply online or in your local paper), some bags of potting mix, and take some cuttings of your own plants. Simply water them with a water hose or watering can, apply some seaweed solution fortnightly, and perhaps a sprinkle of organic fertilizer here and there.

That’s pretty much how we started. We started with cacti, so watering was hardly ever necessary. They thrived in the sun, so no shade cloth or greenhouse needed. As you grow your plant nursery, however, there are a few things that’ll really make your life easier, and also help you increase plant production and profit.

1. Weed Mat

Weed mat is a heavy-duty landscaping fabric that will let water through but keeps weeds out. It makes your life easier by significantly reducing weed growth in your plant pots, and provides a nice, clean base for pots.

We didn’t use weed mat for a start, but you’ll be weeding pots until the end of time! Also, as weeds grow in your pots, they’ll suck up fertilizer, taking it away from the plant it is intended for. They’ll also completely fill the pot with roots, so your plant’s roots get strangled and they are nearly impossible to separate.

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