Money Saving and Money Making Tips: Garden Ideas, How to Propagate Seedlings and beat the garden centers
Make Money From Your Garden
Grow the most sought after plants and make money
Make money from seeds and cuttings
Masses of articles are published on the Internet daily; many telling us how to make huge amounts of easy money. But most of us are aware that making easy money online, or off for that matter, is the exception and not the rule. Please, don't get me wrong; making money is possible, but it is not as easy as the entrepreneur would have us believe.
I've shared some excellent money making ideas with readers here on Hubpages. As a rule, I only pass on the tips and information that I know will work for the people who read my articles. I write money making hubs only when I have new and interesting ideas to share, and this is no exception.
While attempting to tame my overgrown garden last spring, I realized how many perfectly healthy plants I was throwing away as I cut back, divide and pull up the little darlings that are doing their best to take over the garden. One man's weed, as they say, is another man's orchid, so I potted as many plants as I could, and swapped them with friends and colleagues, I found this to be an excellent way of saving money.
My tips for this article is mostly about looking at the gardens in a different way; it's about changing attitudes to how we use our gardens and how we can make and save money by doing what we already enjoy doing.
Propagating plants for sale can be lucrative. Whether your garden is large or small, you can make money by growing the right types of plants.
So why isn't everyone doing it? I hear you ask, and the answer is quite simply, most people don't have the skills or the patience to nurture seeds and cuttings to bring them to life. The process of propagating plants can be pretty fiddly and demanding; some people find it easier to buy an established seedling. You can make a profit by doing the delicate work for them, but for a price.
Most of us know that not only is organically grown food better for us; it can also help the environment. But the truth of the matter is, buying organic, can be very expensive, and in these times of economic recession, many of us simply do not have the extra money to spend while prices are continuing to rise ahead of wages.
Now is the ideal time to grasp the opportunity to make some money by growing your own. Cut out the middlemen and sell directly to your customers.
When I moved to my present home a few years ago, I was surprised to see my neighbour's driveway covered with potted plants, including many young seedlings. My new friend loves gardening. Well, actually; that's an understatement, she lives for her garden. But more to the point, in the spring and throughout the summer months, she places her surplus plants in an honesty box on her driveway. She meticulously labelled each plant with it's common and scientific names.
Passers-by would help themselves to the plants, leaving the money in the box provided. The plants that do not sell, she takes to a car boot sales. I asked her if people who helped themselves to the plants paid for them, and she assured me that they did. I guess when we trust people they do rise to the occasion.
Making a little extra cash has never been easier, also, an excellent way to supplement pensions whilse doing something we already love doing.
With this in mind and the realisation that many people like myself and my neighbour enjoy gardening, I began to grow a variety of plants and flowers, and collected more seeds than I'd ever need, I decided to look deeper into ways of making money from gardening.
Grow Your Own Fruit Trees
Cherry, A joy in spring and a treat in the summer
Gardeners are happy to share and swap plants
How to Propagate Cherry
Nothing announces spring like the cherry in full blossom
Cherry trees are grown for their ornamental value and fruit bearing. Cherry blossom in spring is a sight to behold.
The summer fruits of the sweet cherry are not only delicious, especially when freshly picked, but various studies have also shown, that eating cherries can be beneficial to our health.
We have two large wild cherry trees (Prunus avium) in the back of the garden, this type of cherry is said to be, one of the most attractive of all UK's native broad-leaf woodland trees. The word Avium refers to the birds that eat the fruits and disperse the seeds in their droppings. Unfortunately; the birds get the lion's share of the harvest since most of the fruits are much too high up to pick. Our share of the cherry crop is limited to the fruits on the lower branches. However, cherry trees grow well in small spaces, even in pots.
There are many specially grafted hybrid cherry trees on the market that are designed to produce delicious fruits and are disease resistance. Sadly, when the seeds are propagated, the plant will not be that of the parent tree, but of the original tree used in the graft.
Cherry trees are deciduous fruit producing trees that can grow to a height of 6 to 30 feet. Cherries can be propagated by seeds or by hard wood cuttings taken during its dormant season which is early Spring or Autumn when the leaves have fallen, and the tree is no longer actively growing.
To Propagate Cherry:
- knives and secateurs should be disinfected with a solution of bleach.
- Dilute one part bleach to nine parts water and air dry the tools before use.
- Choose a long branch, about the diameter of a pencil.
- Take a 4 to 6-inch cutting just above a leaf node, each cutting should have 2 to 4 leaf nodes.
- Store each cut stem in a plastic bag before moving to the next and while preparing the propagation tray, this will help to retain moisture.
- Cut the bottom end of each hardwood cutting at an angle using a sharp knife or secateurs.
- Buy cutting compost or make your own by mixing equal parts of peat, moss and perlite.
- Dampen lightly with water and fill a rooting tray with the compost.
- Dip the bottom end of the cut stems in rooting hormone. Tap the stem gently, to remove excess powder.
- Place 1/3 to 1/2 of the stem into the compost.
- Gently push each cutting into the mixture, packing the compost around the cuttings to hold them in place.
- Cover the rooting tray with a clear plastic bag to increase humidity.
- Place the tray indoors, choose a position away from direct sunlight or in a cold frame.
- Regularly monitor the moisture level to prevent drying and mist the compost with water as necessary
Grow plants to sell even in limited space
Make money by growing herbs for their cooking or medicinal properties
Make Money by growing Edible Flowers
Seeds are cheap to buy, grow your own and make a profit by selling the young plants
Grow herbs and medicinal plants
Some of the Most Profitable Plants to Grow
Money Saving Tips
Gardening can be expensive, especially when starting from scratch. Save money by asking your neighbors, friends and family for cuttings. Spring is when most gardeners are pruning and cutting back a variety of plants, a good time to beg for cuttings. Late summer into Autumn, is the time for harvesting seeds from summer flowering plant, also a great time for sharing and swapping seeds.
Most gardeners are happy to give away or swap seeds, this is a good way to obtain a range of different plants, that are already growing well in your area, you can also sell your excess seeds to make money.
Get free gardening equipment
A good way to cut the cost of growing your own plants is by acquiring free gardening equipment; people often get rid of the stuff they no longer need, placing them on freebie sites. Gardeners can also save money by renting equipment instead of buying, by so doing, they are also helping the environment. Sites like Freegle and SnaffleUp, the free sections of Gumtree and Freecycle are well worth a look, they often give away unwanted goods.
Money Making Tips
Propagating plants consist of simply germinating seeds and growing the seedlings to a healthy size before planting them into larger pots or the ground. We can also propagate cuttings taken from matured plants. Keen gardeners, with green fingers, can make around £600 per month by growing and selling the right types of plants. In addition to those green fingers, growers will need a warm place such as a greenhouse with sufficient lighting.
Make money by propagating profitable Specialty Crops such as;
- Edible flowers, plants like borage (starflower), roses, violets, and pansies, are all edible, they can be easily grown to make a profit. But remember, not all plants are edible, in fact; some plants can be very poisonous. Know which plants are safe, and which are not, before selling them as edibles. Plants such as rhododendron, azaleas and daffodils are often used as decoration in the food industry, but they are not safe to ingest.
Bamboo is a long time favourite for landscapers. More than 600 bamboo plants can be grown in 5-gallon pots in a 30' x 40' space, they grow easily, and are in high demand.
Herbs, the use of herbs and medicinal plants has increased massively in recent times. Herbs are used for cooking, fresh or dried. Also used in products such as soap, bath oils, shampoos, candles and teas, to name but a few. Herbs are easy to grow, even in pots on the windowsill, use growing towers for more plants.
Gourmet Garlic, also known as hardneck garlic, Rocambole, Purplestripe, and Porcelain, are types of garlic with a superior flavor that makes them special indeed. So much so, that customers are willing to pay as much as $10 per pound to purchase them.
Another variety is the Elephant garlic, not a true garlic, closer to a stem leak which produces huge bulbs and is proving to be very profitable, fetching as much as $6.00 to $8.00 per pound.
Choose the right soil, an acre of Elephant garlic is said to be able to yield around 15,000 pounds. The crop can tolerate a wide range of weather conditions and soil types, making it a very profitable crop to grow and the reason it is often referred to as the "mortgage lifter."
Willows are easy to grow and maintain, the stems, rods, and catkins are in high demand by florists and craft makers for wreaths, basket making, willow furniture and trellises. A study by the University of Kentucky found that growers could harvest 4 to 5 tons of willow shoots per acre, bringing in $7 per pound from basket weavers.
Bonsai plants, the hobby of growing bonsai is widespread and popular. The plants are small, so they do not require much space.
Woody Stems, these are trees and shrubs grown for their ornamental value. Used by florist and craft makers for the production of wreaths. They include; red twig dogwood, pussy willow in the spring, holly in winter, forsythia and hydrangeas in late spring and summer.
Gourmet mushrooms, an Ideal specialty crop for urban farmers, they are grown indoors and have a high return per square foot. Most widely grown mushroom crops are oyster and shiitake, sold fresh or dried. Grow your own, sell to local restaurants and farmers markets.
- Trees and Shrubs in the garden or for landscaping, these can be very profitable with huge profit margin, ideal for small growers since large amounts of container plants can be grown in a relatively small area. Around 1,500 two gallon, potted trees or shrubs can be grown in as little as 1000 square feet. Magnolia, Azaleas, and rhododendron, Japanese Maple are all profitable crops.
Valuable Popular Plants include:
- Daphne bholua, (Jacqueline Postill)
- Japanese apricot
- Weeping Cherry
- Ornamental grasses
We've seen a distinct shift in the trend of using synthetic medication to herbals, in the last few years. Our modern cultures are rediscovering what all the old civilizations knew, that plants, have high therapeutic value and can be used in the treatment of a wide range of diseases. Some of the most popular and profitable herbal medicinal plants include:
- Lavender, for me, nothing is as soothing as a walk through a field of lavender. This lovely scented plant can also be a real money maker for small growers. Lavender can be sold in bundles or for lavender oil. The flowers can be dried for sale to craft makers and florists. It can be used for scented pillows and sachets, and other aromatic products.
- Ginseng, also known as 'green gold' you'll have to wait about six years to harvest your first mature root base, but you can sell small plants and seeds. Growers are believed to be able to make as much as $100,000 on a half acre plot of land from seeds, rootlets, and mature roots. However, the production of ginseng depends on the area.
- Sage, perhaps the most valuable herb
- Basil, especially the purple variety sells well
- Chives, flowers are in great demand
- Parsley, most popular are the Italian variety
- Lemon balm
- Bee balm
- Nettle Leaf, (Urtica dioica)
- Flat-leaf Parsley
- Red Clover
Hydrangea, but not like grandma use to make
Rhododendron for a blaze of spring colour
Make Money by selling the most popular rhododendron plants
Tree Rhododendron, holds the Guninness Record for World largest rhododendron
Early to mid- Spring
Sweet Azalea, named for their sweet scent
Late Spring and early summer
Spring and Summer
Florida flame azalea, Honeysuckle azalea, Southern yellow azalea and Orange azalea
Common rhododendron, or Pontic rhododendron
May to June