Winter Preps

Written by Victoria Baird

January 16, 2020

It’s been a while since I’ve written any updates but here’s to 2020 and keeping you all in the loop with all the flowery happenings at Origin. It’s now January, cold and grey & the Christmas lights seem like a distant memory. I actually love this time of year. Time to take things a little slower, to plan and reflect on the things that worked well in the previous year and also to start with a clean slate and plan for the year ahead.  You can see the evenings slowly getting lighter and the promise of Spring lingers in the air.

Last year was the first year that we planted any flowers in our field. Before this, we had been using raised beds but knew that we really needed to increase our growing capacity. For the first year, it worked brilliantly. During the winter months we have spent time adding fertilizer from our chickens and our homemade compost to the field so this year the soil will be even better. The field has now been planned out and the dahlia tubers have been ordered. I’ve ordered A LOT more dahlias than in 2019 due to the volume of weddings and classes. This is very exciting and the thought of the whole field filled with flowers is the motivation required to get stuck into seed planting. Just need to get the seeds ordered and that’s us all set.

So, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be meeting with brides to finalise details for upcoming weddings, planting sweet pea seeds, planting some final tulips (late I know but worth it) and beginning the wedding season with our first wedding at the beginning of February. Exciting times!

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