This episode we are digging into growing cut flowers in our garden. I am not a flower farmer, I’m a mediocre flower grower at best, but I love having cut flowers in my house and I’m determined to grow my own at some point. And since right now is the time we should be preparing our beds for the spring, and flower beds would be no exception, I thought it was the perfect time to talk to an expert.
Kathy Gormandy is a cut flower farmer and the owner of P and K Farms, a 3-acre farmstead in southern Alabama. P and K Farms is a small sustainable family farm offering seasonal cut flowers, arrangements, and event work and Kathy got her start selling flowers at the farmers market just as a way to attract attention to her vegetable stand. She quickly realized the demand for those flowers outpaced any vegetable she could grow, and her flower farming journey began.
I sat down with Kathy to get advice on the easiest flowers to start with, perennials make good cut flowers, tips for how to keep blooms coming on all season long, the best soil conditions for growing flowers, and more. I got so much good information from this conversation and already have my wish list going for what I want to plant here for my own homegrown bouquets. Get ready to take notes because Kathy is a wealth of information and a joy to listen to. Let’s dig in!