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Can I Realistically make money from selling my garden produce?

How to sell your greenhouse produce.

 

Get the timing right for car boot sales,

Display your produce on a stall at the gate or driveway to your house,

Grow old fashioned and rare varieties of vegetable plants from seed,

Sell to local greengrocers, specialist restaurants, and delis.

Swap produce for services,

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10 ways to sell your greenhouse and garden produce
10 ways to sell your greenhouse produce

10 ways to sell your greenhouse and garden produce


 None of us make a lot of money from plants, fruit and vegetables we grow ourselves,

         but the answer is Yes!

Here are a few ways myself and friends sell our greenhouse produce to earn a bit of money.   
  1. Car boots. You can sell your home grown plants, shrubs you have grown from cuttings and fruit and vegetables at local car boots to make money. The advantage over farmers markets is that you won't have to book and if you only have a small amount of garden produce, it can be sold alongside household clearance stuff. 
  2. Farmers markets. These markets are becoming increasingly popular venues to sell fresh fruit and vegetables from, unlike car boot sales, you can't just turn up on the day. You will need to book in advance and can't normally include non farm or garden produce, so will need a lot of stuff to cover costs.
  3. Getting the timing right. If you have a heated greenhouse, try growing produce just ahead of the season when its in short supply and expensive.
  4. Early garden produce.  This can include, Runner bean plants, Cabbage plants, Bedding plants and Hanging baskets to be sold in early spring, make sure the frosts are over before selling greenhouse plants for outside gardening. These are goods you will be able to sell at a reasonable price if you get in early.
  5. Gateway or driveway stall. If you live in a honest neighborhood, you could try leaving your produce just outside your home near a garden gate. Make sure you empty the cash tin as often as you can. 
  6. Local businesses. greengrocers, specialist restaurants and delis may be interested in your home grown Herbs,Fruit and Vegetables, providing you can promise a regular supply.
  7. Neighbours. This a bit difficult, how could you charge you elderly neighbour the full price, I end up giving the fruit and veg to them  free. 
  8. Swapping for services. Try swapping for services like babysitting or a bit of help in the garden or around the house maybe find neighbours who keep hens for eggs and swap fresh fruit and vegetables for fresh eggs.
  9. Unique garden produce. Try growing old fashioned varieties of vegetables from seed, these can include carrots, broad beans, potatoes and all have a  good old fashioned taste and will have buyers coming back for more. 
  10. There is 10th way, read the next article.
 You will save money and be happier and healthier anyway eating produce you know is organic and fresh from your own greenhouse, but if you are really keen there is another way.

This is another way to make money selling organic plants and produce

Gardening is one of our most popular hobbies with millions of people taking part in one way or another, mainly buying and planting with very few growing the plants themselves.
Most gardeners buy their plants from local garden centers, one study found a average size garden center can take £20,000 in a single weekend, selling plants.

Most garden centers don't grow the plants they sell. They buy them from huge wholesalers located in  Holland, Spain and many of the Eastern European countries.
The plants are grown in soil conditions that are totally different to the soil in our gardens and transported for days before they reach the sellers.  Not good for the plants and certainly not good for the eco-environment.
 
This presents the opportunity to sell your own locally grown plants. A recent survey by the Horticultural Trades Association found that gardeners would prefer to buy locally grown plants and are even prepared to pay a bit more for them.
Worth considering if you really want to earn money from selling plants.
 

This approach to selling plants and garden produce will need a bit more marketing. Selling plants that are surplus to your own requirements may not be enough to justify the extra costs involved.

  • You might consider buying and selling other growers plants.
  • Growing plants especially for the home grown market.
  • Forming a cooperative of growers.
  • Costs will be renting cheap easy to find temporary premises.
  • Advertising selling days.
  • Transporting plants and produce.
  • Planting containers.

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