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My regular readers know that I love to find ways to monetize ownership of things like cars and even homes or unused corners of my property. I have written about making cash by renting out parking spaces (short and long term), considering how to use Airbnb to earn income from spare rooms or your knowledge of your area, and even turning a fenced yard into a private dog park. Naturally, my attention would turn to the idea of monetizing a green thumb. In other words, how to earn money growing plants to sell at a profit.
And there are many, many ways that you can find to do just that, including turning your entire yard into a vegetable bed that both feeds your household and gives you excess to sell; planting edible hedges and trees (such as fruit trees and vines; planting flowers to cut and sell as pre-made bouquets; growing only seedlings; and more.
However, what I want to emphasize are (what I feel are) the two most intelligent, low maintenance and nearly fool proof ways of doing it:
Technically, you won’t earn money growing plants when you are just writing about it, but you do need to have your own garden and access to skills, knowledge and living plants to make the most out of your blogging. In that way, you are going to earn money growing plants.
The other method is to focus on herbs that you can sell at farmer’s markets, in your front yard, via the internet, or using all three channels. You will earn money growing plants in as little as eight to ten hours of work per week, and with a space as little as 40″ wide by 30′ long. It doesn’t even have to be in one swoop and can be three ten foot beds that will yield a lot of profit. How much? I have seen people bringing in around $300 per week when they choose the right herbs and plants.
Even more interesting is that you can earn money growing plants without growing plants. What I mean is that there are some truly golden crops that include garlic, ginseng and mushrooms – and though not harvested as plants, these yield enormous sums in comparison to standard crops like flowers, greens, herbs and more.
Let’s first look at the ways you will earn money growing plants by blogging about it, and then we’ll dig into the actual growing options that let you bring steady income.
My regular readers know I love the opportunities presented by affiliate marketing, but that I also view the Internet as a place ripe with ways to bring in passive and steady income. When you are eager to earn money growing plants, but don’t own enough real estate or have enough time or money to do small-scale farming, you can turn to blogging.
In fact, you need to think of your blog as the foundation of your green empire. This is because it is the place where your ideas are first discussed and from there, everything branches out into the other channels. Here is what I mean:
Note that few of these options actually force you into the garden on a regular basis. Naturally, and as I always suggest, when you are doing anything related to affiliate marketing, it is best if it is a personal passion. Don’t write about auto repair if you neither enjoy or have much interest in it. The same can be said of earning from growing plants. If you don’t have a lot of enthusiasm about gardening and the many activities and products associated with it, you won’t do well trying to use blogging and affiliate marketing associated with it.
However, blogging is an absolute must if you love to garden and grow plants. And as I said, the other way to earn money growing plants is to focus on specific plants or crops and then use “square foot” gardening methods to really make the most of your space.
If you ask experts about earning income from gardens, many say that the best plants to grow and sell as seedlings are tomatoes, peppers and herbs. These transplant well and are very resilient, and though you can make some good income from them, there are other crops that are a bit more significant and lucrative. I mentioned a few earlier, but my list of “must explore” options include:
And as I said, three ten-foot long and 40″ wide beds are really all that most would need to begin monetizing their growing activities. Of course, you need seed starting equipment and the right soils, but once you have a functional system in place for starting, transplanting and then packaging seedlings for sale, it can take as little as an hour or so per day to start making good profits.
Though you can sell seedlings via websites like eBay, you may find that it is more localized resources that can net you the most in returns for the least amount of effort. A booth or a part of a booth at a farmer’s market, a relationship with a local grocery store or restaurant, or working with a specialty market that sells gourmet foods are great options.
Do take the time to figure out what can grow easily in your part of the world, what crops might be able to withstand seasonal conditions, and even if there are crops that you can grow for a while before you need to harvest. For example, Ginseng is a rare and difficult plant, and it takes a few years to reach a saleable size. Yet, it is a highly lucrative crop that can grow in a north facing location and in even some of the coldest climates.
Choose what plants are best for you and then pair them up with your blogging and affiliate marketing. You’ll find an endless number of ways to video yourself doing gardening related tasks, reviewing products, and offering advice. You can convert this into content ideal for affiliate marketing, and soon make a steady income doing the kinds of outdoor work you love, and making the world a greener place as you do it.
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