Over the last three years, Homesown, our small plant and cut flower business has been developing very gradually. The plants we sell, at local Oxford Farmers’ Markets, are raised at home from seed, cuttings and divisions and are the plants we like ourselves in our own gardens. The flowers are grown at a cutting patch nearby – our developing plot. It is important for us to have a light environmental footprint so we always use peat free compost and steer away from insecticides. Our plants are given tough treatment so we are confident that they will survive and flourish once planted. We lean towards bee friendly plants and knautias, achillea, and salvia have been regulars on our stalls along with foxgloves, cornflowers and corncockle. There is intense pleasure in nurturing new plants and doing this for selling to other people has sharpened our minds and helped us learn a huge amount.
We also sell vegetable plants – squash, courgettes, chard, tomatoes, chillies, lettuce, beans and salad leaves which will all be on offer again this Spring and Summer.
This year we are building on this by planting more – in fact the plan is to have all the beds at the plot full and productive for as much of Summer and Autumn as we can and to extend the number of markets at which we trade. We will definitely be back at Wolvercote and East Oxford Markets and are hoping to join traders at South Oxford Farmers Market if we raise enough plants and flowers.
The newly acquired greenhouse in our garden will help extend the growing time as well as offer more space for seedlings and plants.
Our flowers and plants are healthy, local and friendly to the environment as well as being beautiful.