How can I make a living / money from growing and selling vegetables at home?

Picture courtesy of www.iheartcleveland.com
Picture courtesy of www.iheartcleveland.com

So can I make a realistic and viable income from growing and selling my own vegetables from home, will it be worth the effort required, and will it generate an income that offers a sensible rate of pay per hour worked?

These are the questions I am working on now, as I have been offered the opportunity to take over a further area of land close to our home in order to create a second vegetable allotment, (I already started one from scratch this year as those of you who read the relevant hub on the subject will know). I have also been growing vegetables in containers outside our house for a couple of years now with great success.

My original allotment is fairly large for one person to manage, (about 140 feet long by 18 feet wide), and did take up a lot of my time this year what with weeding, and all the other work involved. If I take on this second piece of land (as I have agreed to), it is virtually the same amount of land all over again, and I would like to know that the effort involved will pay off.

I intend to write further hubs on my progress as I work on this new project, and I would like to be able to post a hub after the first season, hopefully that confirms if the business ended up being viable or not, plus how much effort was required to generate a sensible level of profit. I am certain that I will not be in a position to employ labour, so I shall need to do 99% of the work myself (maybe with a bit of help for the heavier stuff from my Husband when he isn't working in his day job).

an example of an allotment courtesy of http://www.saga-info.org
an example of an allotment courtesy of http://www.saga-info.org

One of my biggest problems is I am a very petite female, (only 50 KG), and therefore lack the muscle I need to do the heavier digging etc required much of the time. This means that at the beginning of this coming Winter when I need to prepare the allotment for next Spring, I will need to get a tractor to come in and plough over the land on both the old, and the new sites. I shall then need to arrange several large trailer loads of seaweed to be brought from our local beach to the two allotments in order to mulch thickly over the ploughed land so that this seaweed can rot into the soil over the Winter months, (and then be drawn down into the soil by the worms and insect life). In the Spring I will require the tractor to return, rotavate the land to break it down, before getting me further loads of seaweed for use as mulch as the growing season progresses. This mulch will be essential, as otherwise I know the physical weeding will soon become out of control, whereas a thick layer of washed seaweed around the plants should keep the majority of the weeds from surfacing, therefore drastically reducing the workload. Naturally tractors and labour cost money, and I estimate this will cost at least a few hundred pounds in total, (even at 'mate's rates based on a couple of our friends being farmers). I also need to arrange fencing around the new allotment to keep the rabbits from eating my crops, but I know my Stepfather and my Husband will help with this, plus we already have wire and posts we can use in storage.

I am lucky in as much as the new piece of land is rent free, and all the owners want in return is to be able to have the odd few bits of veg for their own use. One slight catch is that their water supply is metered, so if I use mains water I will have to pay for it, so at all costs I must avoid this, and grow the vegetables relying on the elements alone not to let me down.

The seeds themselves are very inexpensive to buy, so my next consideration would have been finding buyers for my crops once I have them. This is covered by the fact a local hotel are happy to take most of what I grow from me so long as I can provide the correct crops, (in other words, for my own sake I need to concentrate on the crops that pay out the maximum return for the minimal amount of space, yet mature in the shortest possible growing season). Even if the hotel fail to take all the crops, we do have "Farmer's Markets" here all Summer, where I could always go and sell any surplus in family size bags each Saturday or Sunday, and would probably make more per pound or kilo than selling in bulk to a hotel, although selling to the hotel is less time consuming and less complicated, plus leaves me my weekends free to work on the allotments themselves.

I have narrowed down the most desirable and profitable crops to the following list, largely based on what I grew this year, (2009), and what I have learned are the most useful crops to a hotel.

1) Beetroot, (especially the Italian stripey beetroot as it looks more attractive on the plates).

2) Runner Beans, (I am told these are better than French / green beans from a hotel's point of view).

3) Courgettes, (the hotels cannot seem to get enough of these I am told, and as a fast producing crop I intend to grow lots of these next Spring).

4) Spring Onions, (another much loved crop that is high value and grows reasonably fast in the right conditions).

5) Radishes, (especially the globe shaped ones. These are ready in under six weeks from seed, enabling several crops to be planted on the same land throughout the growing season).

6) Mustard and Cress, (easily grown at home indoors all year round, and ready in under seven days. Anyone can grow this and make money all year round.

7) Lettuce, (but only the nice iceberg or cos varieties, as the "cut and come again" varieties are not worth the effort required as you will read later in this section).

8) A crop I am working on, although it won't produce a saleable product for at least two to three years, is asparagus. This is highly profitable, plus the asparagus bed will produce spears for up to twenty years if looked after. It is well worth the wait for this crop financially, so I have already been growing a number of seeds of asparagus for the past few months, (although the process could have been sped up if I had purchased asparagus crowns instead, which are expensive, but at a more advanced stage of growth)

Strange at it may seem many of the crops you would expect to be a good idea to grow, are not really very profitable on a small scale, and so I will only grow sufficient for our own use, and ensure the majority of the two allotments are dedicated to the crops with the maximum potential. The crops I am restricting to "our own use only" or "not to be grown at all", are as follows:

1) Potatoes, (These are bought in by the sack-load for a very few pounds within the hotels, so even seven or eight rows of these might only bring me in £10 - £20, not worth the effort when a crop such as runner beans or courgettes covering the same surface area would generate ten times as much, if not more still).

2) Onions, (same problem as above).

3) Carrots, (same problem again).

4) Parsnips (same problem again).

5) Shallots, (might make a bit more than onions, but not enough to warrant the weeding, time taken drying them out etc).

6) French / Green Beans, (I love these, but simply because the hotels and people in general over here seem to prefer runner beans, plus runner beans are faster and easier to pick a good weight of, I shall reduce the French / green beans to home use quantities only).

7) Leeks, (tie up the land far to long to be viable on a small scale).

8) Celery, (tricky one, but in the end decided they took too long to mature also).

9) Brassicas, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli etc, (Not only do these take far too long to mature, but unless you are willing to use pesticides and sprays, which I am not, then a huge amount of time and effort is required to protect your crops with physical barriers such as horticultural fleece or fine mesh netting in order to keep the butterflies off, not to mention slug pellets to stop these additional pests destroying your crop).

10) Sweetcorn, (the hotels just don't seem to want this "on the cob", plus it takes up a lot of room and needs to be planted in blocks to aid pollination. Time to maturity is long, and earwigs are a total nuisance nesting within the layers of foliage wrapped around the cobs).

11) Tomatoes, (too much day to day work required removing side-shoots, feeding them etc, especially when a box of tomatoes cost next to nothing for a hotel to buy in bulk).

12) Cucumbers, (surprising I know, and actually if I had a greenhouse with a water supply I might reconsider, but outdoor variety cucumbers are prickly, and not so desirable, hence why I do not intend to grow cucumbers again until sometime in the future when I have some land where I can fit a large greenhouse or polytunnel, with a water supply, and grow the indoor varieties that look much like your supermarket cucumbers).

13) Peppers and Chillies, (again, not very successful without a greenhouse, plus taking way too long to mature, although quite a valuable crop with an available area of glass and a water supply).

14) Chinese Radish, (although a quaint looking, white on the outside, red on the inside, large, cookable variety of radish, I had virtually a zero success rate on these due to dry weather conditions. I doubt the effort is worth it unless you have access to a hose pipe and non-metered water, although the hotels might well have paid quite a good price for them in order to include them in stir fries etc).

15) Cut and Come again Lettuce. (This is not the same as a nice individual iceberg or cos lettuce, as cut and come again lettuce require you to harvest the leaves as you need them, leaving the plant to grow more. The problem is that the hotels therefore want the leaves picked freshly on the morning of the day they are going to use them, and often in very large quantities, which is not very viable for the effort or financial return. Far better to grow individual lettuces such as "Lakeland" that produce a good firm heart, and can be harvested even a few days before the hotel use them, assuming the hotel refrigerate them of course).

My aim is to attempt to earn an average of approximately £250 per week in my first year between the two allotments, (although most of this needs to be covered over the Summer months when the crops are growing and harvestable), so for thirty two weeks I need to earn an average of £406 per week, (from March to September). This would generate a gross income of £13,000 per year, and maybe about £12,500 after my basic expenses such as seeds, tractors etc. What will make this harder is that from about October to February the land will not generate anything, and will be lying fallow with seaweed rotting into it ready for the spring. During this time I will need to top up my income with things like the Mustard and Cress grown at home indoors.

I shall be publishing follow ups to this article as the new season and my new potential start date for this business approaches. I shall be totally honest about my profits, losses, problems and stresses in order that anyone considering a similar line of self employment will know what to expect, and if this is a viable " work from home " option.

Look out for the next instalment around late November 2009.

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rvsource 6 years ago

Cindy I would imagine that you could but it might be a lot of work!


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Jeff, I am sure it will be, but hey, I love growing vegetables and think of Hubbing as my Winter job, and growing veg as my Summer job, so I have to give it a go. At least this way I get a little sunshine and am not welded in front of a computer full time, plus my main allotment is by the lake you drew in Lady's picture, ( http://hubpages.com/art/Drawing-Lady ) so a wonderful environment to be "working in".


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Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

Misty, I'm sure it's possible. It's a matter of planning and knowing what your market is, and by that I'm talking about neighbors and having your own Sunday market type set up. You don't have to go majorly commercial. Something to consider also is the senior citizens in your area may love to help you free of charge just to have something to do. Pay them in vegies. Go for it.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Jewels, I will consider these options too, but not sure I will have the time or energy to sell in the Sunday markets so easily, especially as things like courgettes often swell up at an alarming rate, and would be marrows by the time Sunday arrived :) Problem with the senior citizens would be the sheer lack of spare veg to make it worthwhile letting them get involved. I would make so much less that I may end doing it more for fun than as an income. If I had the same amount of land a third time, this might be viable, so I may have to see how 2010 goes and then look at an option like this in 2011 when I may have more land, or a house of our own not rented, possibly with a garden of a good size.


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Godslittlechild 6 years ago

I'm sure it's entirely possible what with the growing interest in fresh foods. Lots of work though.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hey, Godslittlechild, I am not afraid of the work, as it so beats being stuck in an office with a boss breathing down your neck wanting blood for every hour you work. That would quickly kill me I suspect :)


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The Old Firm 6 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

It sounds as if the area you have is nearing the limit that one person can handle sensibly.

As a suggestion, the French climbing bean has a growth habit similar to the old runner varieties (Scarlet Runner, etc.) and are much more attractive to restaurants here as they are smooth and string-less. about two months or a little more from seed to first picking if planted in mid spring or later. Seed spacing 4in in double rows 4in apart. grow up poles or strings to a cross brace or wire; allow 44in between sets of rows, and pick out the runners at the 6ft level (you don't want to be climbing ladders to pick beans!) I use "fardenlosa" which crop for two months.

You could grow a quick catch crop of something like lettuce between the rows as they mature. Three plantings at 6 week intervals would give you a long picking season without a glut of beans at one time. (been there done that!)

Hope this helps,

Regards,

Peter


diogenes 6 years ago

Another winner Misty: made me tired reading it! Keep on and you will own the island. I was a farmer's boy when young...Good fortune, Bob x


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks for the good advice Peter. It is funny that I grew loads of French climbing beans this year (Blue Lake), but the hotel have told my Husband they will prefer runner beans, (which has surprised me also). I don't know if it is a local thing, but I have also found this in the past with people, maybe they don't like the French people (they are our neighbours). I may yet try the variety you recommend though and see if I can sell them at farmers markets instead.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Bob, yes, growing is very satisfying, and even this year I was often out tending to my current allotment until it was dark outside. Still, it will be worth the effort I hope, (nice to know you were a "farmer's boy, good lifestyle!)


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Sufidreamer 6 years ago from Sparti, Greece

Good luck with that, Misty - we started cultivating a patch and realised that it was not worthwhile. Vegetables are so cheap here that our time is better spent doing other things - I suspect that it is a different case over there, where the cost of living is much higher and you already have buyers.

If you are thinking of beans and sweetcorn, I don't know if you have heard of the "three sisters" method of growing beans, corn and squashes together. Bob Ewing has a good Hub and there is plenty of info on Google.

http://hubpages.com/living/Growing-Bean--Corn--Squ

No other advice - my partner is the gardener!

She has just shouted - Green Manure in the winter :D

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/s...

God luck, and we look forward to the updates :D


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

LOl Thanks Sufi, my "Green Manure" is the seaweed, which is brown, but still plantlife I guess :)

Veg are not too expensive here, but a lot is imported, and people prefer to buy "locally grown" where possible, plus my stuff is grown organically which helps.

I love reading Bob's stuff, although Squash and sweetcorn won't really sell here, but beans do. Will look at the articles you have linked to definitely.

Thanks :)


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Misty,best of luck to you. You've already got quite a lot organized and have a lot of experience under your belt, so I see you're well on your way to success. It's a pulbic service you're doing, publishing the results. I'm all for it; it's going green, too, and we all need to do more of that.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Paradise, even if people don't do it as a business, I am all for them doing it for themselves, as at least you know exactly what has or hasn't been sprayed on your vegetables, and that they are fresh and still maintaining their vitamin content when eaten. Most vegetables bought in the shops have been in storage or transit for many days, even weeks, yet it is recognised that most vitamins in vegetables are gone within hours once they are harvested.

This alone is reason engough to grow your own. My vegetables are on the plate within about an hour of harvesting generally, and you can really taste the difference.


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lancelonie 6 years ago

It's a whole lot of work but I think it's worth it! Not only will you save a trip to the grocery but you can be sure your stuff is good. Great post! :)


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks lancelonie, I definitely hope you are right, but pop into my hubs again in a month or two and see how my plans are progressing :)


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

What a great idea... if I had a green thumb. I killed a bromeliad once.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks for commenting Storytellersrus, but please tell me, what is a "bromeliad", it's a new one on me :)


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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

Hi Mistyhorizon, I love your hubs. Your vegetable enterprise sounds like a lot of work, but also like the opportunity to live a charming sort of life. I guess the grass is always greener.

A courgette--is that the what we Americans call an eggplant? Or is it a squash?

We had a garden when we lived out in the country in Wickenburg Arizona, though we only cultivated a small part of it (we had an acre and a half and had an elevated box garden). Cheers.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks for popping by Wannabwestern, not sure really, We have eggplant here, and I don't think it is the same as a courgette. A courgette is a baby marrow, and inside it has an evenly coloured, cream surface (if that makes sense). When harvested they look like a straight baby cucumber. It definitely isn't a squash, (although it might be a member of the same family), as we grow those here too, although they aren't in great demand I have to say. A courgette looks like this :

http://boongablogger.blogspot.com/2009/02/what-is-...

And in cross section having been cut in half they look like this:

http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos-images/1532...

Glad you are enjoying my hubs, thanks for the compliment :)


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kiwi gal 6 years ago

Hello Mistyhorizon, go for it. Anything's possible. Maybe you could try growing some flowers in your vegie garden to supplement your income also. Have been growing flowers and foliage on just over five acres with a friend for over six years with a side line of vegies which has proved to be very successful in keeping pests to a low limit as well as profitable. Wish you all the best.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks for the advice Kiwi, I probably won't go down the flower growing route though as Guernsey is already famous for growing flowers, so everywhere you look they are for sale, by the road, in shops etc. It would therefore be difficult to sell them on, especially as I am not located in a good place to sell them outside our house like many people do. They are great as pest control though I agree. :)


jerf 6 years ago

Wow, just the article i'm looking for. I have taken on a large piece of land this year with a view to giving up a days work in the office and selling veg (or whatever I can grow). Weeds have been the biggest problem this year but started late in the season (May). I have also found it difficult to find the right tools for this scale. Tractors a bit of an overkill but my small walk behind rotovators inadequate. Selling pumpkins at the end of the drive has been the easiest way the generate cash for little effort. Keep us posted on your progress.

Thanks,

Jeremy


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks for commenting here Jeremy, I hope this article does help you in your new venture, and I will certainly post back here as the season begins with my experiences and progress.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Great article MistyHorizon! I am envious! I really hope this works out for you, I've drempt of owning my own organic garden/farm for years and still haven't got there. I guess I never realized the possibility of someone sharing some of their land with me! Thanks for sharing the wealth!


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank you Ben, don't give up on your dream just yet, you might find putting an advert in local paper results in someone offering to allow you to use a chunk of their land in return for a small rent or a supply of veg for themselves.


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Callan S. 6 years ago

Great hub! And selling to hotels - it hadn't occurred to me! Nice work!


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Callan, thanks for commenting. The hotels love locally grown organic veg, and although the prices they pay will be lower than retail prices, the purchase is guaranteed and the hassle of physically selling is gone as you simply deliver and invoice, none of the standing around on market stalls for hours trying to sell, and none of the hassle of driving many miles doing deliveries, simply deliver to your main hotel or hotels, invoice and then return to yor allotment to continue sowing, weeding, mulching, harvesting etc.


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Callan S. 6 years ago

Perhaps you could write a hub on how you first got in contact with hotels, who you asked to speak with, how you pitched the deal, how much you undercut retail and lots of other details along those lines? To give an idea of how the deal is done. I think it'd be a great supplementry hub and probably stuff other people don't know much about (well, I don't!) :)


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Callan, I could, but it would be a very short hub as my Husband aready knows the Chef at a local hotel who has offered to buy my veg so long as they are a few pence cheaper than their regular supplier. On this basis we are going to trust him to give us the going rate less that few pence, and so all we need to do is give him delivery notes each time we drop veg to the hotel. As it is a busy hotel I should only need to supply him solely, and won't need to approach others, but if I do end up with any surplus I am sure the local hotel where we actually socialise would buy the remainder from me, or I can trade the produce for beers, meals etc.


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Callan S. 6 years ago

So, a hub on how to get to know the chef? lol Thanks for the info :)


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Actually my Hubby seems to know everybody, so perhaps he should be writing hubs on how to get to know the right people. I guess it is because he is a friendly likeable person that he finds it really easy to make new friends from all walks of life.


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samantha.sheckler 6 years ago

Great hub! I've been keeping rabbits out of my garden with DeFence repellent. I only have to apply it about once every three months, so one bottle lasts all season. It's a great alternative to ugly and expensive fences.

Here's the repellent I'm talking about:

http://www.havahart.com/store/animal-repellents/56...


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks for the tip Samantha. I also know of a pellet made from lion's dung called "The Silent Roar", apparently if you scatter it around your land it deters most other creatures from coming near, (including cats and dogs), as they sense that the superior predator has left its scent, so steer clear. Fortunately for me, fencing in my allotment only cost a few hundred pounds (even allowing for the fact we buried the wire 6" underground to make sure the rabbits didn't tunnel under it). This should last for many years, so is not all that expensive overall.


Indoor Greenhouse 6 years ago

Thanks for a really good Hub with lots of info! I've had an allotment for around 4 years but you've exceeded anything Ive dreamed of doing! My favorites to grow are beans of all sorts and a range of tomatoes.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Indoor Greenhouse, I too love growing beans and grew loads of them this year, including violet French Beans and yellow and red speckled Borlotti beans. I think I may have planted some crops a little to early this year though as most of them are already at an end even though it is only August.


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Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Nice Hub! Mushrooms have great value in the market too and can be grown without much efforts.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Anamika, yes, mushrooms are a good example, especially if you have a large enough indoor area with suitable temperatures to grow them in. An abundance of well rotted stable manure helps too, so worth making friends of the local riding stables.


growing beans 5 years ago

it might be a tough job but you can pull it through. I love planting beans too. They are easy to grow and very nutritious.


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks for the feedback 'planting beans'. Beans are great to grow and so easy :)


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Hi,

Growing vegetables is a great hobby and it's really great


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mistyhorizon2003 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

I totally agree htodd, and thanks for commenting :)


Matthew 4 years ago

hey misty

so how is it working out? are you making some profit? I am very interested. thanks


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mistyhorizon2003 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Matthew,

I never did get the second piece of land due to unforeseen circumstances sadly, but still have the original piece of land, and do believe it is possible to make money doing this. I also believe the way to go is to grow crops like Asparagus though, even though they have a short harvesting season.


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Patsybell 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

I appreciate this page. Thia is often a fairy tale dream for some and not until they get envolved do they relize what you have posted and wxplained so well.


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mistyhorizon2003 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Patsybell, I do make some money in the Summer from selling vegetables from the plot I still have, but it probably only amounts to about £400-£500 for an entire Summer's work, so not really what you would call 'making a living', but we do get to enjoy eating the produce too :)


snibb 3 years ago

Wow....absolutely loved my visit to your website. Great stuff


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mistyhorizon2003 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks snibb, that is a great compliment to receive


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crazyhorsesghost 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

Very interesting Hub. My suggestion if you have a lot of local cafes and restaurants is herbs. I am involved with a group that makes really good selling fresh herbs to local area restaurants in Jacksonville, St Augustine, and other cities in north Florida.


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mistyhorizon2003 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

I would agree for most people, just not for me as someone here (on a small 25 mile square island) has beaten me to it and has a well established company called 'Guernsey Herbs' which supplies local shops, businesses and even exports (plus they are organic). A great business if you are the first to think of it.


jj 3 years ago

What type of mustard and cress do ypu grow?


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mistyhorizon2003 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

I crow the 'curled cress' normally, and as for the mustard I just buy whatever packet is on sale in the shop or on ebay etc.


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Cathy Hague 2 years ago from Terrace, British Columbia

Good for you! So glad to see you following your dream. Some suggestions from personal experience, if you have not already come across them. If you have, I appologize for sharing something you already know ;).

If you do not already have the book The Vegetable Gardener's Bible by Edward C Smith, it is a book you need handy.

If you can budget for one, get a battery powered wheelbarrow. An aquaintance of mine got one, and while they are more pricey, she said she doesn't know how she survived before it doing all the heavy lifting. As you mention that you are a petite person, having mechanical help with all the heavy lifting and hauling that is user friendly and body friendly, is invaluable.

Hope that helps a little, and good luck!


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mistyhorizon2003 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks for the tips Cathy. Fortunately I have a long suffering Husband for the heavy loads in the wheelbarrow. Thesedays I realise I could never make a great deal from growing veg unless I up scaled hugely and had extra manpower. Instead I do it more for fun and for showing in competitions (something I am very successful at). Of course we enjoy eating the veg and sharing them too.

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