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So You Want to Start a Nursery Hardcover – Illustrated, July 1, 2003
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Within the greater horticultural community, Avent and his Plant Delights Nursery are known for taking a high-spirited approach to a business that offers a select inventory of plants appealing to sophisticated gardeners. Befitting Avent's effervescent personality and commercial acumen, he steers clear of penning a purely technical manual, and alternatively presents a thoughtful, realistic overview on how to go about building and managing an enterprise based upon cultivating, marketing, and selling live plants. Avent writes for those aiming high in terms of income, as well as individuals who value freedom over profits, as he explains options associated with different types of nurseries. From the importance of business plans, to essential skills, mission statements, structuring a business, and selecting a site, Avent spells out all the necessary practicalities he has learned from experience and sheds light on the stresses one can expect to encounter as he takes readers inside every aspect of the nursery business. Alice Joyce
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“A thoughtful, realistic overview.” —Booklist
“If I were truly thinking about starting a nursery, this book would be an indispensable starting point, and if I were already operating one, this book would make me closely re-examine my business practices, reduce costs, and increase profits. . . . it will spare every nursery owner (or dreamer) from the hundreds of headaches they are likely to encounter on the road to success.” —American Gardener
“This book is an invaluable guide for anyone even remotely considering starting their own nursery.” —Rock Garden Quarterly
“This is an essential book for all those considering horticulture as a profession.” —Gardening Newsletter
“You’ll find answers (or pointers to answers) here for questions that you might otherwise never even think about asking–until it’s too late! Most importantly, the advice here is from someone who has ‘been there, done that.’” —HortIdeas
“Encourages those who are considering following their dream to write themselves a reality check while they can still cash it.” —Hosta Journal
“Now, inquiring beginners can be referred to this very comprehensive book covering all aspects of starting up a nursery.” —Horticulture Update
“If you’ve ever thought about turning your gardening hobby into a nursery business, learn from Tony Avent’s experience.” —Akron Beacon Journal
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This book is an eye opener in that you have to find the right area on your property, find out what nutrients your soil needs, research the type of trees are suitable for your area, what kind of fertilizers to use (whether you want to organic or not), what kind of pest control you want to use and when and how often to spray, and one of the most important items is learning how to prune your particular kind of tree. Apple, peach, pear and plum are all different.
Also, and not a must, is available water for irrigation. While the trees are small and you don't have too many, buckets with holes drilled in the bottom can be used but you will need to figure out something else if you decide to have very many trees and nice big healthy fruit.
This little book goes through all phases and is an eye opener for the budding (no pun intended) fruit tree farmer. It has good sound advice and is a nice addition to your gardening library.
But I laughed out loud nearly every page from his bitingly sarcastic wit and found myself nodding my head as we walked me through the many pitfalls in operating your own nursery, and his reasoning in choosing certain ways to operate over others. The general feeling I get from reading is that if you can make it through this book with your desire to own a nursery intact, then you might just have what it takes to actually operate one.
Even if you're just curious about what it's like to own a nursery, like I was, it's an engaging read.
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