How To Garden For Profit

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Home gardeners can easily generate enough profit to sustain their hobby whether they grow flowers or vegetables. Extra plants and vegetables, bouquets, fresh or dried herbs, garden crafts and kitchen goodies each have a market.

Why Garden For Profit?

Avid gardeners know that gardening can be very costly. Soil amendments, fertilizer, pesticides can eat up the budget long before new plant specimens are even purchased.

The cost of plants has continued to sharply rise as a result of the movement back to home gardens. Providing lower cost plants for local gardeners helps defray the cost of maintaining and expanding your own garden. A little extra income never hurts.

Starting With Seeds

Starting the garden by planting seeds is not only economical, it allows the gardener a much larger plant selection for the budget.

To maximize the germination process, start your seeds in flats of seed starter medium following the directions on the package. The foam trays you get from the market are ideal for this. It is easy to poke drainage holes and they are sturdy. Plants such as corn and peas that don't transplant well can be started in peat pots or paper cups. These containers will decompose in the garden without disturbing the roots.

Sow all your seeds. Use a permanent marker to label trays. Two weeks before the ideal outdoor planting time is proper for starting seeds indoors. Outdoors the flats should be kept off the ground on pallets or boards laid over bricks or rocks. This increases the likelyhood the seedlings will not be attacked by cutworms and other soil dwelling pests while acclimating. It is also easier to protect the seedlings from a cold snap or bad wind.

When seedlings have grown their second set of true leaves they need to be tansplanted into their garden home or pots of potting soil like Expert or Miracle Gro. The plants now need nutrients which they get from the soil. There are now enough plants for the garden and extras that you can sell.

Volunteers

Many of the previous year plants in the gaden have dropped their seeds and baby seedlings are present in the garden. These are called volunteers. Carefully dig them up with as much of their roots as you can and plant them in pots of potting soil. These are ready to sell.

Divide Perennials

Spring and fall are the ideal times of the year to divide perennials in the garden. Perennials should be divided every three or four years to keep them healthy. Amend the soil before replanting a division. If you have more than you can use, again pot the extras in potting soil.

Winter over pots by sinking them into the ground up to the rim. The winter vegetable garden is the ideal spot for this. In early spring the pots can be unearthed so you can prepare your vegetable garden again. The perennials are ready for selling.

Propagation For Variety

Depending on your expertise, a popular plant for your area like hydrangea or arborvitae can be propogated from your existing plants.

NOTE: A plant that carries a patent or copyright forbids propagation for selling.

Research propagation methods for your existing plants and shrubs for what works for you. The local library or the internet will yield more than enough techniques. Many shrubs and trees will take a few years of growth before they are ready to market. It is worth the effort for the price you can get.

Beyond Plants

Crafts created from your garden have appeal. Seasonal wreaths and swags are in demand. Cut flowers can boost your income. Garden related items that are unique such as bird houses, butterfly houses, even bat houses have a market. Dried items like lavender, herbs, and homemade potpourri. Handcrafted planters and water features are the latest trend. Even garden markers and hand sewn flags hold a niche.

Jellies, jams, breads, pies can earn you some good cash. Check local requirements for selling these items.

And don't forget candles and soaps made from your garden. Good rich compost from your pile or seaweed collected from your beach can be bagged in small or tall kitchen trash bags and sold.

Selling Plants And Items

Here in Massachusetts the old farming laws allow the sale of anything grown on premise to be sold on premise without licenses or taxes. Check for laws in your locale.

A simple stair structure is an ideal compact way to display your plants and related items if you are selling all season. A table or bench can also be used. Setting up on the outside edge of your property keeps you from liabilty. Just be sure you don't hamper municipal access such as town mowing or parking.

If you plan on a day or weekend sale, inform your neighbors of such to prepare them for the added traffic of the event.

Simple signs posted on access routes will bring in traffic especially when coinciding with local yard sales. A little classified ad in the local newspaper will get you a larger turnout.

If selling from your home is undesired or unfeasable, try venues such as farmer's markets, flea markets or craft fairs.

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author avatar peachpurple
28th Nov 2012 (#)

I love gardening. My garden has spinach, kaile and papaya tree. Great profit by saving money in my pocket! You have listed some good points too.

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author avatar vpaulose
29th Nov 2012 (#)

Flowering post with a Star! Thank you Irene.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Nov 2012 (#)

Comprehensive take, Irene, that leaves no stone upturned. Thanks Irene - siva

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author avatar Jerbearjr
5th Feb 2013 (#)

Great info, Irene. I enjoy gardening, mostly tomatos, bell peppers, onions, etc. It would be nice to have a greenhouse.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Dec 2012 (#)

this is great Irene...thank you so much will definitely use your wisdom...

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author avatar Denise O
17th Dec 2012 (#)

You have provided us with so many options to make your garden pay you. We have a local man that grows herbs just so as to sell at our local flea market. He told me that what he takes in for his herbs sales, pays for the vegetables he and his family eat from his garden, throughout the year. Great advice. A well earned star page. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar irenen1
18th Dec 2012 (#)

Thank you all for you kind comments.

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author avatar DuitByJames
2nd Jan 2013 (#)

I really enjoyed your article. My wife and I were raised to garden as a staple supply of food for the table and as you point out economics. We look forward to more informative articles By: Irene Nevins

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
2nd Jan 2013 (#)

A very interesting article indeed . My garden consists of some large trees , so all my flowers etc are grown in pots and tubs , but they don't get much sunshine , but I love the beauty they offer when they grow .
Bless you
Stella

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author avatar Retired
3rd Jan 2013 (#)

Great share...thank you for following me Irene.

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author avatar Bets
3rd Jan 2013 (#)

I love planting too that's why I stopped in here for abit. I'll be back to study more of what you published but sounds great to me! Thank you for posting this. BTW, I use seeds right out of the pulp of everything. That works for sure and saves money! Smiles, Bets :)

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2013 (#)

I enjoy the garden and growing my own veg and fruit. It gives me so much pleasure when my family eat all I have grown myself.

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author avatar Penny W-T
11th Jun 2013 (#)

A very informative article. Allotment gardening is resuming favour here at this time and is encouraging young and older people alike to cultivate their own fruits and veg.

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