Few months later

Hi Everyone,
A few months later, we are on a way to start cares for our plantation again. Since the last time we wrote we managed to do several things.
First of all, we collect all dripping system hoses, due to the low temperatures in winter. I do not know if you heard but this winter was extremely cold – something like -15/-10 Celsius. Which is not very low if it is for day or two, but this winter we had 20 days in a row with this temperatures.
Fortunately, together with the low temperatures we had A LOT of snow, so our plants successfully go through the winter. At present there are just small leaves coming from the soil. Our first mission will be to remove the worst of the weeds – dog’s weed. Next weekend we will make the first operations, and after that we will hoeing the whole place.
Meanwhile, we should finalize and hear with our partners from the bio certification company in order to made plan for the bio growing for this year.
Our plans included preparation of the land – removing the weeds, watering, harvesting and steam distillation of the essential oil. As there are 4 months until the first production, now is the time to choose the packaging of the small bottles that will be for sale. We should also make an agreement with a partner which will packed them for us, or we will do it by ourselves.
There is a work to be done, so from now on you will receive more updates from me, as well as I will make promotion for the first subscribers which will join our journey!
Hope to see you soon,
Regards,
Mikey

Finding the right place

And then my adventure began…

First of all – we decided to produce a Lemon Balm, the Queen of herbs. The plant is very common in our country so we decided that is a big plus if we want to grow it. Another fact is that there is a demand for the essential oil but the number of successful growers is very low. There are lots of tricks according to our friend who helped us in our project, but there will be a word for that latter. So the decision was made – our purpose is to grow Lemon Balm with clear target – distillation of pure, authentic essential oil. The oil is easy to store, there are not very special equipment which should be bought and there is a demand, or these were the initial thoughts…

First step after deciding the plant variety, was to find a land to grow it! It sounds easy but… just try to get a good piece of land in a sunny and fertile region in a small country like ours, where almost 95% of the land is part of big farms and nobody wants to hear about your 2 acres… because this is the scale – 2 acres of land for our own farm. There were another very important factors – lots of sunlight, good soil, workforce, irrigation /very important for the plant/. What we do? Of course we ask the old people – my fiancé’s grandma. The woman had several small pieces of land in the very center of Bulgaria, where the soil is good and the village is famous with the irrigation systems but there was another obstacle how to work on landplots not bigger than 0.2 acre and how to make a farm. And here I can say that we are very lucky guys, because all obstacles until know we passed as magic!

The old woman used to be a teacher to one of the local biggest farmers, she spoke to him and he agreed to give us a land for 5 years /normally this is the growing period for Lemon balm on the same place/. The land was covered with sunflowers but in autumn we were free to move… and the interesting part began.

Sunflower field - the right place 2 months earlier
Sunflower field – the right place 2 months earlier

We needed seedlings from reputable supplier, we needed workforce, we needed soil analysis, we needed registered company, accountant, irrigation for the plants, permission from the local authorities… the list is endless or it was at this moment.

How we do it? With love and dedication 7/24!

Regards,

Mikey