Is The Kenya Flower Industry Dying a Slow Death?

Kenya flower industry

Once featured on the CNN as the flower garden of Europe, Kenya flower industry is easily and gradually losing its glory. Or isn’t it?

And yes, I’m speaking from a grower’s perspective because I am one. I want to give you a sneak preview, though.

Kenya has been an attractive flower producer because of her favorable growing conditions, cheap skilled labor and rising demand for competitively priced flowers in the main destination markets. I assume that’s public knowledge.

No wonder in 2014 Kenya was in the top 5 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of flower bouquet. #4 to be precise as shown below. [Source: World’s top export]

  1. Netherlands: US$4.7 billion (48.1% of total flower bouquet exports)
  2. Colombia: $1.4 billion (14.1%)
  3. Ecuador: $798.4 million (8.2%)
  4. Kenya: $698.5 million (7.2%)
  5. Ethiopia: $610.4 million (6.3%)

You don’t achieve such kind of results over-night, do you?

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Gardeners! Are you Buying from the Best Seed Companies?

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Ever heard of terminator seeds? Terminator technology is the genetic alteration of plants to make them produce sterile seeds. In simple terms, terminator seeds are good for biotech companies but bad for gardeners and farmers.

Closely related is the issue of genetically modified organisms, which I believe is the violation of natural organisms’ intrinsic values, tampering with nature by mixing genes among species and domination of food production by a few companies. The debate has been with us for years now, begging the question of ethics and integrity for those dealing with the seed business.

There’s only one question in every gardener’s mind; with so many rogue seed companies out there, how can one spot the best seed companies to do business with?

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What you should know about the garden soil

Garden soil supports vigorous plant growth

Can a corpse take care of itself? Leave alone taking care of anything else?

Your probable answer is, ‘No.’

Then, why would you expect a dead garden soil to take care of your vegetables? How often do you perform a soil analysis? Have you ever taken the time to understand the obscure facts about the health of your soil? If you said No or hesitated to answer any of the three questions above,

then, this article is right for you.

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How to Plan a Vegetable Garden That Will Flourish

Planning vegetable garden

Approximately 30-60% of all vegetable garden – fails and another 20% thrives but sucks. Only 20% succeed because they know the secret. The latter understand that anything worth doing is worth doing well.

As a beginner gardener, you have a choice. You can choose to master the secret and succeed or ignore at your peril. If you are reading this, it’s because you’ve acknowledged that gardening is by far the most fulfilling hobby. You’ve also realized that the cost of food is becoming unaffordable and, therefore, want to grow your own.

But not just yet. What’s the secret for succeeding in growing vegetables? You ask.

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A-to-Z Vegetable Gardening Tips for Beginners

vegetable gardening tips

I’ll admit it. Most vegetable gardening tips out there sucks.

See, vegetable growing isn’t all that sexy, and at times, it gets a lot of hate.

Most cases, the annoyance, makes sense. At some point, you’ve felt the excitement of growing your food, either to supplement your diet or just make some extra bucks.

Or maybe, as an agribusiness venture.

You’ve meticulously prepared your media, brought best quality seeds or seedlings, quickly grown them and waited for a flourishing garden.

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