No one minds earning some extra cash; and, as public opinion ever sways towards green and organic, what better way to do that than through gardening, especially if you’ve dabbled in it already and liked it. As it turns out, there are ways to grow money on trees – here are some pointers to help you out!
Growing mushrooms (the edible kind) could prove to be more profitable than you’d initially give it credit for, as this fungus packs a nutritious, delicious punch that can liven up many a meal. You can grow mushrooms in your garden pretty easily once you’re past the basics, and more importantly, they can be sold in many forms: pickled, fresh, frozen or dried.
If you want to grow plants and sell them right when they become seedlings, then you’re lucky because there’s actually a huge market for such produce in both retail and wholesale perspectives! Seedlings can be sold easily in bulk to commercial wholesale greenhouses, and that too at a decent profit as growing these is not only cheap, but their final value before sale can be up to ten times the cost.
Grow what is locally demanded
This strategy is fool proof and can help you earn a good amount of revenue! Do some research for this: make a trip to local restaurants, vegetable markets and cafes. Growing something, for example tomatoes – if it is short in supply and high in demand, it could translate into serious profit for you based on basic economics. Retailers would be willing to buy a high-demand vegetable from you even if you have a substantial profit margin, provided you can deliver it within their required deadline.
This is also a good way to earn money using your garden, particularly if you’ve been collecting seeds. You can assort the seeds into packets of 10 or 20 seeds each, and these can be sold to the market. You can also add value to the seeds by selling the kinds that grow somewhat in the same season and conditions as a ‘gardening starter pack’.
Garlic is super easy to grow and always a popular commodity at the farmers’ market and also at local restaurants as it is a main ingredient for many dishes. Also, you don’t have to worry about the garlic getting rotten, it can be stored long-term and sold as seeds for the next year.
You can grow flowers for purposes that go well beyond aesthetic – this should be evident from the evergreen popularity of bouquet shops in all parts of the world. Bright and aromatic fresh flowers are adored by everyone, and therefore, you can sell cut flowers from your garden to not only the farmers market, but also to restaurants, hotels, florists; and flower seedlings can be sold to nurseries as well!
Naturally, this is something of a controversy for most individuals (and indeed, it may not even be legal to do so where you live). But if, for example, you live in Colorado (where it is possible to run a weed-growing business) and are not averse to the idea of consumption of marijuana for medicinal purposes, cultivating cannabis could prove a real money spinner.
Your colorful garden can also be a venue for dinner parties, and even weddings. After informing your local event organizers, you can rent out your garden to people who are interested in creating memorable, poignant moments in a picturesque garden (you’ll need to put some effort in to achieve the last part of course, if you haven’t already been giving your garden the love it deserves!).
Growing pumpkins can be lucrative predominantly in the fall season because they serve primarily as decorations for Halloween. You can sell pumpkins directly in the market at a high price during this festive season, and can further create value by crafting the pumpkins into iconic jack-o’-lanterns. However, you’ll need to plan some beforehand, as pumpkins take time to become mature. Other than for Halloween, pumpkins can also be sold in the vegetable market because they can serve as a flavorful ingredient in several dishes from various cuisines.
After some successive profitable gardening years, you will have picked some secrets on how to run a garden business – you could pass them down to other budding gardeners through gardening classes. Not only would this be an an opportunity for you to show off your accumulated gardening skills, you’d be getting paid to do so!
While there are only a few methods mentioned above on how to earn income through gardening, don’t be afraid to experiment more— selling tea blends, culinary herbs, growing grains and selling your own milled flour are some other great ways to monetize your hard work in the garden. You can also provide gardening services to individuals or devote a part of the garden as a ‘you-pick garden’ where customers can grow the freshest fruits and berries.
Lastly, before selling plants or any produce from your garden, don’t forget to do some research on the business laws in your area. Don’t shy away from paperwork and pay all dues and taxes on your earned income.. Even though this may not be too big of a deal in most places, it would spare you from potential hiccups regarding the unlicensed sale of, say, seeds and jam.