A herb business is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Rather, it’s a way to earn a little extra money, or if you want, turn it into a successful full-time business. It doesn’t promise million-dollar mansions or expensive trips to the Bahamas, but still, it can be quite profitable. It won’t happen overnight. But with a little hard work, you can be on your way to very profitable seasonal business.
First you must decide what herbs you’d like to grow. There are a large number of varieties. Don’t attempt to grow them all. Instead, pick a select few that feel right to you. Pick too many and you’ll grow crazy trying to take care of all of them. After you’ve picked your herbs and planted them, you’re ready to watch them grow.
As they grow, water them everyday, typically in the morning. Be careful not to over water them, and be sure your plants are receiving adequate sunlight. Don’t plant them near a tree or other shade provider. As they continue to grow, apply a liquid seaweed or fish emulsion as a foliar spray. This will provide the necessary nutrients to help the herbs grow strong and big.
It’s also a good idea to use larger pots rather than smaller ones. Larger ones will help give the plant a better root system, and they’ll sell better. And don’t recycle pots. Get new ones. It’ll work better in the long run, and new pots aren’t too expensive. Window planters, with three or four herb varieties, are always a popular “value-added” way to market your culinary herbs.
Growing herbs can be a slow process. They don’t grow overnight. Some take just a few weeks, while others will take longer to grow to their maximum potential. Just be patient. It also might take some time to find what plants work best for you. You might have to experiment to find the right plants, the ones that look the best and are selling best. Keep a “growing diary” and write down germination rates, pest problems, and anything else that could help you grow them better the next time. Monitor your sales and see what people are buying or what they’re passing on. Listen to your customers. Are there any success stories with your herbs? Are customers coming back for favorite plants over and over again?
While it won’t be the easiest thing you’ve ever done, the herbs business is not too difficult either. Just be persistent. Learn from your mistakes and you’ll go far. It’s a good idea to start small and grow naturally, just like your herbs. It might take a little while to get going, but before you know it, you can be on your way to earning some serious extra money or turn it into a full-time business. To learn more, read Growing Herbs for Profit.