Got a Green Thumb? Try Growing for Profit, With a Backyard Nursery

Growing for profit with a backyard nursery hoophouse

Growing for profit with a backyard nursery hoophouse

Many people love to spend time in their garden. The skills and enjoyment they can gain are second to none. But many don’t know you can actually make good money in your garden. Here’s how:

Plants, flowers, trees and shrubs are everywhere. Look out your window. Look inside. They’re in backyards, parks, offices, schools, shopping centers and more. Someone has to grow these, so why not you? Growing plants for profit is the perfect way to turn your skill at gardening into a way to make extra money, a new part-time job or even a new career. You decide. It’s up to you. A backyard nursery is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It probably won’t help you afford that island you’ve wanted to buy, but it can make you a nice income. Growers typically make between $20 and $30 an hour.

In addition to flowers, what kind of things can you grow in your backyard plant nursery?

Ornamental grasses – These get the name “ornamental grasses” due to their distinctive color or form. They vary greatly in size, from six-inch tufts to twenty-foot giants. They have a variety of uses too. Decorators and floral designers enjoy using them as cut flowers and everlastings. Cities love using them in urban areas, as they can tolerate poor soil and air pollution.

Trees and shrubs – There is a huge variety of trees and shrubs you could grow. How about deciduous trees, such as cottonwood, maple and birch? Or have you thought about azaleas, Japanese maples, firs and junipers? If you can grow what landscapers and other buyers are looking for, you can sell a lot of plants.

Ground covers – Ground covers cut down on erosion and weeds, and reduce the need for watering. They have relatively low start-up costs and can make you some nice money. Many plants fall under the category of “ground covers.” If the plant creeps, vines, clumps or mats to cover the ground, then it is a ground cover.

So what should you grow? Simple, the plants that people want to buy. Go to your local landscapers and garden centers, and find out what people are looking to buy. You want to grow what sells. Follow that, and you’ll have a successful business.

Once you’re ready to sell your plants, you have a lot of ways to do just that:

Farmer’s markets continue to draw big crowds eager to buy from the best local growers. Set up a stand or booth and get selling!

Fundraisers make your business look good, and can put good money in your pocket as well. If you’re willing to donate some of your profits to a good cause or charity, then you could open yourself up to a lot of customers.

Retail sales are a way to make money fast. Selling directly to the public can be quick and easy. Just make sure your town allows you to sell right out of your nursery. If not, they might allow you to have a garage sale, which you could use as a way to sell your plants.

These are just some of the ways you can sell your plants. Try some and see what works best for you.

You can turn your love of gardening into big profits in no time. You already have the skills necessary to be a successful grower. Now you’re ready to turn your plants into profitable plants. Follow the tips here, and you can do just that. To learn more, read How to Start a Profitable Backyard Plant Nursery.

 

 

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