How to make money from your vegetable garden
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.