How to make money from your vegetable garden

Your own vegetable market

Growing a vegetable garden can turn a passion for gardening into a thriving business. All that a gardener requires is time to spare, a small patch of land, knack at gardening and a fair sense of business. Of course, a fair sense of business will not prove difficult especially when the freshly harvested vegetables do the talking for you.

Here are some ways by which a gardener can turn a vegetable harvest into a source of income, not just for the rich months of vegetable produce, but also for the months when vegetable supply is limited and out of season.


Step 1

Eat your veggies

The first steps to taking you in the right ‘savings’ direction is to consume home grown vegetables. This not only reduces food expenses but makes your wallet feel heavier from reduced expenditure.

Step 2

Sell them fresh

Nothing looks more presentable and appealing in a vegetable market than freshly arranged vegetables. Freshly harvested vegetables are best enjoyed when they are fresh. Use bulk harvests as opportunities to earn money by selling them to vegetable merchants and whole sale dealers. Some merchants even agree to buy up the entire season’s harvest from a gardener, especially if the quality of the vegetables is good.

Step 3

Can the vegetables before sale

For many people, canning vegetables is not only a hobby, but also a means to preserve unused vegetables from a bulk harvest lest it adds up as waste. Canned vegetables may be sold to merchants and wholesalers. It is especially profitable when sale is on a regular basis.

Step 4

Dry the vegetables before sale

One way to preserve and store vegetables for the long winter months is by drying the vegetables. Dried vegetables can be used as fries, in soups and stews and made into any dish at short notice.

Customers like to purchase dry vegetables to store up for times of food emergency. One way to make an income from growing your own vegetables is to hence dry the vegetables before sale.

Step 5

Freeze the vegetables before sale

Freeze the vegetables before selling them to neighbours, friends or vegetable vendors. Vegetables that have been blanched and frozen retain colour and look just as presentable as the fresh when cooked. Chopped and frozen vegetables are easy to use, easy to store and have a long shelf life. It is a practical way of turning a surplus harvest into saleable vegetable items.

Step 6

Teach about your vegetable garden

An ardent vegetable gardener may turn one’s knowledge on gardening into an educational career by being affiliated to an educational institution to conduct classes on gardening, vocational classes for those interested in pursuing farming and gardening techniques or simply to conduct hobby classes for the neighbourhood kids on a frequent basis or during the summer time. Classes may involve hands on experience and practical sessions in the garden, thereby making the classes even more interesting and rewarding not only for the student but for the gardener too.

Step 7

Open your own vegetable store

One of the most rewarding of all steps is to be able to directly sell home grown vegetables to the local community either through owning a regular vegetable store or selling through home-delivery methods. This eliminates the middlemen involved, like merchants and transporters, and adds up to ones savings in a more profitable way.

Things Needed
• Vegetable garden space
• Vegetable plants
• Gardening tools
• Water supply
• Baskets / containers for storing or transporting vegetables

Tips & Warnings
• Be careful when using gardening tools
• Watch out for diseases and garden pests that may damage quality and quantity of vegetables
• Ensure that only the best quality products are sold to customers (What is best for you is best for the customer)
• Ensure that the Manufacture and Expiry Dates are mentioned on each pack.
• Follow fair business practices to ensure a constant sale of vegetable items through local merchants


Comment: 3
    Quick  16.11.2015 12:35

    Thank you Glory and Diane. I wanted to get these in before the main gardening seasons.. and was happy when it was approved… Glad you liked this.

    Woodbury  26.12.2015 08:59

    Very well done, Amanda. Very timely too as many people struggling may have to turn to their gardens this year for extra income.

    Elder  09.01.2016 11:22

    Another excellent guide, Mandy.

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