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“There’s so much wisdom in the hearts and minds, not to mention the flower-farming muscles of Jeriann Sabin and Ralph Thurston, authors of Deadhead.
Straightforward, honest, funny and immensely useful, Deadhead is a must-have book for anyone interested in the art and science of being a cut flower farmer.
Jeriann and Ralph share their trials, challenges, solutions and successes, saving you several seasons of having to learn those lessons on your own. From doses of farmer truth-telling to tried-and-true advice on growing the most popular cut flowers, this is a valuable book that will enrich your own relationship with flower farming.”
--Debra Prinzing, founder and creative director of Slowflowers.com
I have a library of reference books I use, but most of them just sit on the shelf. Your book gave me the courage to try different things, to quit trying to grow things that just weren't successful and to work smarter. It is so refreshing to have small farmers sharing what they have learned with others. As I said, I read it cover to cover, marked and underlined, tagged pages. Thank you for putting it down so others can learn.
Ordered your book on-line and read it nearly cover to cover immediately. We too are a growing couple and I can really see Kathleen and I in many of your experiences - as they say "been there, done that!"
I thought your book was very "real world" and explaining some of the pitfalls yet it was inspiring to those just starting out or tired out.
As our season is just beginning and spring activity begins anew I find myself saying "I need to look back in Deadhead and see what Jeriann and Ralph said about that....".
--Todd L. Jamison
Balanced Harvest Farm
Thank you for writing the best book on flower farming that I have read! I've read quite a few and yours is by far the most useful and realistic. I'm in zone 6b in Central WA and it was nice to read a book written by someone in a similar climate. I feel quite ignorant and uncertain but am planning on eating the elephant! Thank you!
If every American flower grower wrote a book like Deadhead, you’d have a complete, inside view of flower farming. Deadhead’s contents, one slice of that view, will assist both those interested in flower farming and those already in the business—no matter if they live in cold areas like short-summer Idaho or in warm southern climes.
Several years ago an employee made shirts for Bindweed Farm that read “The Bindweed Way: 9104 experiments, 0 mistakes”, referring to Bindweed’s philosophy of shrugging off errors and turning them into sources of success. We move fast on Bindweed Farm so mistakes happen, sometimes with surprising results—often the wrong way of doing something works out better. We’ve learned a lot from our experiments, and we hope those shared in this book inspire you to make some of your own, so you can be deadheading home from your sales route with an empty truck, full of satisfaction.
Table Of Contents
Part One: The Bindweed Way
The Importance of Ignorance
The Importance of Uncertainty
Assessing Your Resources
Points of Sale
The Things You Need
Vices You Didn’t Know You Had
Method Vice, Virtue or Both?
Testing the Waters
Employees (I Saw You Shudder)
Part Two: The Bindweed Handbook
Seeding and Planting
Growing In Crates
Uglies and Foliage