The dawn of a new summer season at the five-acre GardenFarm™ is always exciting but plenty of hard work. A bountiful garden is rarely an accident – there is preparation, planning and maintenance to do.
Feeling as characteristically ambitious as ever this year, Joe Lamp’l added another project to his list. It would mean plenty more work, but this particular project was a high priority – engaging his youngest daughter in the world of gardening.
Amy Lamp’l has never been drawn to Joe’s passion and vocation of horticulture. But like most teenagers, she was excited at the opportunity to make a buck or two. To that end, Joe and Amy embarked on a new business to seed, grow and sell heirloom tomato plants (with a few pepper, beet, salad green, eggplant, and flower varieties thrown in for good measure).
Growing and selling plants from seeds takes a lot of advanced planning, effort and attention – and Amy embraced every stage of the operation, even surpassing her dad’s transplanting aptitude.
In this episode, Joe and Amy share their entire journey from when to purchase those seeds to the proper time to sow and on to bringing the young seedlings outdoors and finally to market.
All the while, Joe is preparing his own raised beds at the GardenFarm™ – while offering gardening tips on amending the soil, planting seedlings, getting plant spacing just right, adding blueberry bushes to the landscape, and implementing techniques to fend off garden pests.
Odds are good that you’ll learn a trick or two.