A Nursery garden can be defined as a secluded area where seeds are been nurtured till they reach the stage of seedlings and are then been transported into the desired environment where they grow to produce needed yields.
Community and Ecology Objectives of the Nursery include the following:
(1). Bringing people together.
(2). Perpetuating local heritage.
(3). Making culturally important plants more available.
(4). Providing employment and economic opportunities.
(5). Filling a community need for native plants for landscaping.
(6). Renewing resources for important food plants or other useful species.
(7). Educating children to pass on traditional ecological knowledge about plants to future generations.
(8). Restoring degraded land.
(9). Propagating rare species.
Things to put into consideration when starting up a Nursery Garden.
(1). Material production costs (for example, growing media, water, fertilizer, seeds, pest control).
(2). Labor costs for production, maintenance, and delivery.
(3). Labor for customer relations (for example, answering e-mail messages and phone calls, handling correspondence, bookkeeping).
(4). Inventory required (for example, the time, space, and materials each crop will require, such as greenhouse benches, containers, and trays).
(5). Structures (for example, greenhouse, shade house, storage).
(6). Overhead costs (for example, rent, insurance, water, utilities).
(8). Time and funds for outreach, advertising, or educational programs.
After assessing the resources and costs that will be involved in carrying out the nursery’s vision and objectives, it is time to take a good look at whether starting the nursery is a realistic and achievable undertaking. The assessment should look at the species potentially available for the nursery to grow and match those species with the nursery site, goals, client needs, and nursery capabilities. Of course, the cost of plant materials and market price also must be considered.
SELECT A SITE FOR THE NURSERY
Critical nursery site selection factors include the following:
(1). Access to good-quality, affordable, abundant water.
(2). Direct solar access.
(3). Inexpensive and reliable source of energy.
(4). Easy access by staff.
(5). Adequate land area.
(6). Freedom from Ecological concerns (for example, free from neighboring chemical pollution, unmanageable noxious weeds, and so on).
(7). Freedom from problematic political concerns (for example, zoning restrictions, historical land use issues).
(8). Climatic and biological attributes top the list for importance in site selection.
Desirable attributes include those site selection criteria that are not necessary but will increase the efficiency of the nursery operation. If possible, choose a site with these desirable attributes: (1). Protected microclimate.
(2). Gentle topography.
(3). Good labor supply.
(4). Easy access for staff and customers.
(5). proximity to markets.