Dreams Fulfilled With Hard Work
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By Marlana Smith
Ashley Willey and her sister-in-law, Hillary Janes have always been passionate about doing garden work and planting flowers.
They both agreed opening their own greenhouse has been something they’ve dreamed of doing.
Ashley and her husband, Bradley, currently own and operate two other businesses.
“We tell our children every day, you have to work hard for everything you have,” Ashley said.
After years of thinking about it, the family recently opened J & W Farmhouse.
Hillary said everything she knows about flowers and gardening has been self-taught by research.
“I’m passionate about it,” Janes said.
Both agreed something their greenhouse offers is a big variety.
“We have the common greenhouse varieties along with some different or hard to find items,” Willey said.
Coming soon will be a cut flower bed.
Besides the wide variety of plants being offered there are ladybugs and worm castings.
Ashley and Derek included the ladybugs to honor their late sister, Kenzie.
The ladybugs offered are not the Asiatic beetles they are real ladybugs that are good for gardens and eat soft-bodied insect pests.
The worm castings are being collected by Ashley’s father-in-law, Brad, and nephew, Gavin Parsons.
Worm castings make soil more absorbent, making moisture consistently available to plants and preventing soil from completely drying out.
The business is family oriented. Hillary’s husband, Derek, had welded all the tables in the greenhouse.
Bradley and his father, Brad, have run all the electric and water.
The kids have even gotten involved, filling pots and planting.
Ashley and Hillary both agreed, “Life is too short to not do the things you enjoy, live your dream.”