How To Make Money From Your Veg Patch
07th February 2018
Growing your own veg is hugely rewarding and is a great way to get outside, but it can be profitable, too. Read through these tips on how to make money from your vegetable patch.
The main way to profit from the crops you grow is of course to sell the harvests. Many who grow veg for themselves often end up with too much produce, so one way to reduce any possible waste is to put the veg on sale. Alternatively, you can plan to grow an abundance of crops, such as tomatoes, beans, carrots, and potatoes, and then offer the produce for people to buy. Local markets are a great way to make some money from veg you have grown yourself.
Along with selling your own produce you can also make products from the yields. Tomato plants often create an abundance of fruit, so try making tomato chutney (you can do this before the crops have even ripened). You can also use fruit, such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants, to make jams and preserves. Products which store easily and will keep for prolonged periods of time, such as chutneys and jams, will mean you have more opportunity to sell the stock – helping you to raise a bit of money from your produce. Alternatively, you can use fruits picked from trees, such as plums, apples and pears, to make desserts, like pies and crumbles, to sell fresh. Or instead of using berries in preserves, you could use them to make classic recipes, such as Bakewell tarts and Victoria sponges. Selling this kind of produce at local markets and village fayres is always popular.
If you are an avid grower and have been accumulating knowledge over many seasons and are keen to share your advice with others, then you can think about offering small teaching classes on your plot. Showing others how to cultivate specific veg will not only help them absorb valuable gardening skills, but it will also mean that you have a bit more money on hand to spend on your gardening hobby. If you are someone who takes pride in the appearance of their garden and vegetable patch then you could even consider opening your garden up to visitors, perhaps one open day every month. If you grow veg on an allotment site it is important to check site rules first, as many have regulations on profiting from your plot.
If you would like to make gardening your full-time job, there are a few different ways to do this. Along with the conventional choice of working for gardening companies, you could even consider buying a gardening franchise, which is a pre-made business you can easily start. You can find a list of of those for sale on franchise directories such as What Franchise.
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