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Secrets to a Successful Greenhouse and Business: A Complete Guide to Starting and Operating A High-Profit Organic or Hydroponic Business  
by Ted M. Taylor

Paperback: 280 pages  ISBN: 0962867810
Publisher: Green Earth Publishing, Inc (July 2004)
This no-nonsense guide discusses everything: plant containers, buying plugs, propagation, hydroponics, specialty crops, watering and growing care, soil and fertilizer mixes and more. A chapter on greenhouses discusses different types of structures, coverings, heating and cooling systems, and provides basic plans for a 30' x 96' solar greenhouse. Another chapter on insect and disease control outlines an excellent organic program emphasizing prevention, organic sprays, and beneficial insects. On the business side: marketing, accounting, sales, plant delivery, bill collecting, computers, financing, licenses and permits, etc. is included, along with a large list of plant buyers and suppliers.


Start Your Own Herb and Herbal Products Business (Entrepreneur Magazine's Start Up)
by Entrepreneur Press

Paperback: 208 pages  ISBN: 193215602X
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press; 1 ed (Dec 2003)
Make a good living naturally, growing and selling herbs and herbal products. There's a huge demand for herbs and herbal products today. Cooks use herbs to enhance the flavors of their meals. Bath and beauty products use herbs for both their scents and therapeutic qualities. And herbal teas, candles, and potpourri are more popular than ever. As a result, the herb business is booming.


Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs
by Sandie Shores

Hardcover: 450 pages   ISBN: 188305236X
Publisher: Ball Publishing; 2nd edition (November 2003)
Shores details the fundamentals of commercial herb growing in a thorough, well-organized reference. A section on business basics: personal objectives, market research, site selection and a thorough list of potential customers, from restaurants to distributors. The section on greenhouses: practical discussion on materials and construction, interior layout, and systems design. Growing methods, and pest-management suggestions, handling and harvesting tips, uses, and specialized packaging advice are provided for 14 different herbs found in the majority of markets today. Lesser-known herbs are touched on, as are edible flowers. A list of resources and support publications concludes the book.


The Bootstrap Guide to Medicinal Herbs in the Garden, Field & Marketplace
by Lee Sturdivant, Tim Blakley 

Paperback: 323 pages   ISBN: 0962163570
Publisher: San Juan Naturals (July 1998)
In this guide to growing and selling medicinal herbs, part 1 presents detailed information on growing medicinal herb blossoms, echinacea, ginseng, Chinese medicinal herbs, and mushrooms. The authors discuss "wildcrafting" (collecting herbs from the wild and from public land), the practice of medical herbalism, processing herbs into products, and regulations governing the herbs. Part 2 discusses the importance of growing herbs and what machinery and tools are needed to get started. Instructions are given on propagation, planting and cultivation, harvesting, processing, drying, and selling. There is an alphabetical list of 75 medicinal herbs.


Herbs for Sale : Growing and Marketing Herbs, Herbal Products, and Herbal Know-How
by Lee Sturdivant, Peggy Sue McRae (Illustrator)

Paperback: 256 pages  ISBN: 096216352X
Publisher: San Juan Naturals (September 1994)
Contains many tips on basic small business skills, and is a good resource for related publications, associations, and suppliers of plants, seeds, and equipment for growing and marketing herbs.

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