Anyone with a garden has the potential to earn money, all that is needed is a little imagination, some homemade compost, and a polytunnel, and even without these there are ways you can still profit from your pottering.
Pot for Profit
The most obvious route is collecting the seed heads, as the marigold, petunias, pansies and calendulas go to seed in the
autumn, you can collect the bounty and store them somewhere dry. In the spring pot them with a mixture of your compost and some potting compost in used flower pots, and set up a little sign at the end of your drive with a table with plants for sale.
If this seems like too much of an effort, buy some tiny brown envelopes and divide seeds equally between each one. Labelling carefully with a short description along with a one line instruction, you’ll be able to sell your harvest without ever getting your hands dirty.
Split for Victory
Splitting mature plants too makes a tidy profit. Your chrysanthemums, artichokes, grasses and aubrietia will all look fabulous in a pot, and prettier than a garden center, while the flowers left behind will soon grow to the same size again with the extra root space. Another idea is making produce from your product. Anyone with an established bramley apple tree or plum tree will know that they give away apples to save them rotting on the floor. There are a myriad of recipes to use these fruits, such as jams, chutneys and jelly’s that will look great in canning jars, and gift wrapped nicely you could find yourself earning a pretty penny indeed.
Almost any vegetable can be made into a chutney, with the courgette and runner bean chutney being a popular choice this year. With a few of the larder essentials such as vinegar and sugar, you can put them in sterilized jars topped with wax paper, cellophane, fabric and ribbon of your choice, they’ll look amazing on any kitchen shelf, and taste even better.
Deft with Design
If you’re deft with design, try your hand at planting hanging baskets for others. Investing in some hessian, a few hanging baskets and using seeds from your own garden; you can create stunning displays that will soon be snapped up as the word spreads.
Then of course there’s the veggie plot. Leave nothing to waste. If you find you’re feeding more than your family with your produce, slap a sticker on it, label the price and sell at a farmers market with the jams, the hanging baskets and the seeds, or quite simply, have a rolling cart you can pull to the end of your drive, with a sign, whenever it’s walking weather and you’re feeling sociable!
About the Author:
Humble Seed welcomes guest posts. “This post was written by Sam at Lavenderworld. Lavenderworld was launched last year and provides a wide range of products that are naturally beautiful from skincare to all kinds of plants and much, much more!”