Make Extra Money From Your Backyard Garden!
How to Make Money From Your Back Yard Garden
In these days, every little bit helps. You can make money from your back yard garden with a little work and a little patience. This is also a GREAT family enterprise and can bring everyone together in a united effort. You may be surprised at the things people will buy from your backyard garden, including products like hot sauce and preserves that you can make yourself. This article will make some suggestions for making money from your garden that you may not have thought of yet.
Your Garden Needs a Business Plan
First, consider drawing up a business plan. There are tons of internet resources that can get you started on this. Especially if you have no idea where to start making money on your garden, a business plan can help get your thoughts in order and show you the path to success.
Make Extra Money With a Yard Sale
You can get the kids involved in this too, especially if they are old enough to manage their own little garden plot. People love decorative gourds and pie pumpkins in the fall, and a kid-run booth out in front of your house will be both a fun activity and a potential money-maker.
Make Your Own Hotsauce
Grow peppers, educate yourself on the very simple art of hotsauce, which is basically vinegar, garlic, and a lot of peppers.
Extra Cash From Herbs
Consider growing and marketing your own herbs such as oregano, thyme, basil, and dill. Fresh bunches of herbs are very appealing to people all summer, and dried herbs can be packaged very simple and cheaply with baggies and labels. (Just be careful if you are driving or walking around with baggies full of dried herbs...)
Flowers Can Make Extra Cash
You may find a market for your fresh cut flower arrangements at a stand in the park or at your house. Your church or school may have a craft fair at which you may make some extra money selling fresh or dried flower arrangements.
Homeopathic Remedies from Your Garden
Homeopathic remedies like echinacea, chamomile or peppermint are very appealing to some people, especially in the winter. See if you can find an opportunity to sell your remedies at a farmer's market or craft fair.
Homemade Tea Blends from Your Garden
Homemade teas are quite easy to concoct -- be original! You may also have luck offering these on-line: your own side business selling your own specialized teas on-line could be a great source of extra money if you devote some time and energy to the project.
Potpourris From Your Garden
Potpourris or scented sachets for dresser drawers may also come from your garden. These have a huge mark-up if you can find a market for them.
Sell Garden Produce to the Supermarket
Some supermarkets may be receptive to buying your produce, especially if you have a substantial amount. Corn, squash, or other produce is easy to grow in large amounts if you have a sizable backyard, and if you undercut the competition a supermarket may buy from you.
A Few Tips...
Water, water, water! If there is one thing people do wrong with their garden, it's a lack of irrigation. Keep a close watch on your expenses! A cheap bookkeeping program can help you watch your bottom line.