Business development 27 February 2019

How to turn your love of gardening into a business in 2019

There’s no doubt that gardening has increased in popularity over the years, but did you know that gardening can be more than just a hobby?

There are plenty of reasons to spend time outside in the garden – come sunshine or frost there’s always some joy that can only be found in the outdoors.

Mowers Online describe how “creating the perfect garden can take a lot of hard work and effort, but it is not without its benefits. After all, there is nothing better than sitting in the garden with friends and family, while admiring the flora and fauna.”

There’s no doubt that gardening has increased in popularity over the years, but did you know that gardening can be more than just a hobby? Whether you’re an avid gardener or an absolute beginner, learn how you can make money from gardening with these ideas so you can start earning now.

Sell organic produce

Selling your homegrown produce is the most obvious way to make money from your garden. Some of the easiest things to grow include broad beans, spring onions, radishes, salad leaves and garlic.

You can sell your produce at local farmers markets or set up an independent stall. Locally grown fruit and vegetables are in very high demand and so don’t be afraid to speak with local restaurant owners, caterers, and grocery stores about buying your produce.

Sell your extra seeds

If you’re already saving your own seeds, then this is another easy way to make some extra money from your garden.

Just package up some of your seeds in sets of 10 to 20 and sell them at farmers markets, or online using a selling forum like Facebook Marketplace. Chances are people will buy your seeds from you, as it’ll mean considerable savings over buying from a garden centre.

Sell fresh or dried herbs

Growing and selling herbs is another great way to profit from your garden. Herbs are beginner friendly and can be used in a number of ways – from adding great flavour to a signature dish, to a garnish for an experimental cocktail. You can easily grow things like mint, basil, thyme, and rosemary.

You then have the option to sell these herbs fresh, or you can dry your homegrown herbs and sell them in plastic bags, or get creative and store your herbs in miniature glass jars with personalised labels.

Sell fresh cut flowers

Everyone loves fresh cut flowers and selling ones from your garden is a great way to make some extra money. Arrange them in bouquets and sell them locally to farmers markets and small businesses in the area including restaurants, grocery stores, and florists.

Make homemade jams and chutneys

Selling home-grown jams and chutneys is a fun and innovative way to make some extra money from your love of gardening. You can also get creative and try designing some bespoke homemade packaging to really grab people’s attention.

Homemade jams and chutneys sell well at farmers markets and community events, or you can try selling them online.

Teach gardening classes

After a few years in the garden, there’s no doubt that you’ve picked up some skills that you could share to help other gardeners.

You could either host these classes from home, or speak with local garden centres, schools, or community centres to see if they’ll allow you to teach a class at their facilities. Some gardening class ideas could be garden planning, arranging fresh cut flows, and how to grow your own fresh produce.

Hire out your garden for parties

If your garden is visually appealing, then rent it out so other people can enjoy it, while you make some extra cash.

Popular blog AFewShortcuts explain how “gardens are an excellent setting for tea parties, showers, even photo shoots. You can advertise your garden on most online selling forums, charging by the hour for people to use it.”

Hire out your garden as allotments

Gardening and organic produce has become increasingly popular over the years. However, lots of people don’t have the resources to start their own garden at home. According to Money Magpie, “waiting lists for council lots can be huge, and if you’ve got spare garden space, then you could make a bit of extra cash by renting it out to others.”

You could even offer different packages like renting the land, renting the land and all tools and supplies, or even renting everything you need and you taking care of the watering and weeding.

There are plenty of ways to make money from your love of gardening. Whether that means selling your local homegrown produce, offering your expertise in gardening classes, or renting to someone who needs space to start a garden. Whether you’re looking to start a small business or just make a little extra money from your hobby, the opportunities are endless.

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