How To Make Money From Your Garden
Gardening, for many people, is an enriching hobby. It’s fun, relaxing, and fulfilling all at the same time. But did you know that gardening doesn’t only benefit your soul, it can also benefit your wallet?
If you’re always on the lookout for different ways to save and earn money gardening, then the answer might just be right there in your well-tended yard.
Today, we’ll be going through some simple ways you can turn your beautiful garden into a business opportunity. Let’s find out How To Make Money From Your Garden!
For most people, selling plants is the first thing that pops up in their minds when they think of monetizing their own garden since it’s the simplest and most obvious choice.
You can sell fully-grown plants either in your own backyard, on e-bay, or via a local market such as your local nursery and garden centers you can partner with.
Note, however, that some states require you to purchase a license before selling plants. So, err on the side of caution and ask what the requirements are in your State first.
If you’re a seed saver, you can also sell your own seeds and seedlings in your neighborhood or online. (Maybe even on your own website) If you’re up for the task, you can put together seed starter kits containing plants that grow well together.
You can sell these at local flea markets, yard sales, and farmer’s markets. Selling seeds is a great way to earn extra money from your larger gardens or small garden.
You don’t even need to be a pro gardener or have a large garden to do this. Being an avid gardener or beginner will do. All you need is to have your own garden.
Sell Profitable Crops and Produce
If you have a vegetable garden or if you raise fruit-bearing trees and find yourself with more fresh produce than your family can eat once harvesting season starts. Then you can sell them instead of letting them go to waste.
Set up a stand on the front porch, set up a roadside stand, or join a weekend local farmer’s market to sell your own plants and high demand crops.
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If you intend to fully go on board with selling what the garden bears every season, you can opt to plant profitable crops and specialty crops like garlic and mushrooms.
The former can thrive in different soil conditions, and honestly, what kitchen doesn’t need garlic? Meanwhile, the latter can be grown in a small area or small space in the garden, and they have high yields, so you can sell as much or as little as you want.
Rent Out The Garden to Photographers, Yogis, or Art Teachers
Your garden could be the next big thing for creatives and fitness enthusiasts alike. You can rent out the garden and charge by the hour so photographers can use it as a venue for their photo shoots.
Alternatively, you can invite fitness professionals like yogis to hold their classes in the garden for outdoor yoga. The energizing yet relaxing vibe of a garden can be a prime spot and great place for fitness enthusiasts and local people in your neighborhood. If there’s a gym near you, you can offer to host some of their classes for a fee in your garden.
You can also rent out your garden to art teachers who teach outdoor or still life painting classes. Your garden can easily give them the inspiration they need to create captivating art.
Teach Gardening Classes to Kids
If you have a knack for interacting with children and if you want to share the joy of gardening with the next generation, why not consider teaching gardening classes to kids? This is a good way and a perfect opportunity to help kids break free for a bit from their tech-driven lifestyles and to help them get more connected to nature.
You can teach them how to easily grow fruits, vegetables, and fresh herbs, gardening basics, how to take care of plants, and what to do with the homegrown produce they’ve harvested. Also, How to Make Money from Your Garden :).
Another good idea is for you to partner up with your local library or with schools in your area to set up a program to reach a wider audience.
Grow Flowers and Sell Bouquets
If you love growing flowers but have more than enough to fill vases in every room in the house, it’s a great idea to sell cuttings and bouquets. Once blooming season kicks in, you can join different markets such as flea markets or local farmers markets and sell your cut flowers.
You can also partner with local flower shops as a supplier. Selling flowers is a sure-fire easy way to earn a little extra cash.
Make and Sell Herbal Teas
If herbs and flowers abound in your garden, you can consider drying them and making your own tea blends. Herbs like chamomile, peppermint, and clove work well but you can also research some herbs, flowers, and fruit that you can blend to create delicious teas to sell. This is one of the best ways to earn extra income from your garden space.
All you need is to dry your ingredients and portion them into disposable tea bags and you can start selling them in your local flea market, farmers’ markets, or online.
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Make and Sell Dried Herbs, Herbal Salts, and Herbal Oils
When discussing How To Make Money From Your Garden, another way you can use herbs in your garden is by drying them and selling them as or by infusing them into salt or oil blends.
These have many culinary uses, and you can sell them at local fairs or online.
To make herbal salt blends, simply grind together your choice of herbs like oregano, thyme, rosemary, or sage and mix them into a batch of coarse salt. For a finer blend, pulse the mixture quickly in a food processor, blender, or a mortar and pestle.
Transfer everything onto a tray and let it air dry for a few hours. Once dried, you can portion these into small jars, and they are ready to sell.
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Meanwhile, for infused oils, you can make culinary oils or massage, bath, and scent oils. You just need to use a different carrier oil for each purpose.
For infused culinary oils, you can use olive oil, grape seed oil, peanut oil, and even sunflower oil. Then, for massage, bath, and scent oils, you can use jojoba oil, avocado oil, and nut oils.
Simply place your choice of herbs or flowers in a jar, cover completely with oil, cover tightly to prevent moisture from getting in, and let it rest for a week in a sunny spot.
After a week or so, you can drain the mixture using a fine-mesh strainer and transfer it to nice jars.
For most people, gardening is a source of joy and relaxation but it can offer you more than that. There are plenty of ways to make a bit of extra cash just by using the plants you’ve lovingly grown in your garden. I hope these tips inspire you to make the most out of your garden.
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