Starting a successful gardening business is another good way to make some passive income. Do you know that you can make good money by planting, gardening and growing what you like? If you are one of those people who like to work from home, being a home-based gardener is a good business you can start. The good news is that you don’t need a lot of experience to start a gardening business. Also, you can turn it into a full time job. In this small article, I’ll be discussing about how you can start a successful gardening business right in your backyard.
Step1: Take your time to prepare the soil properly
In order for you to have a good harvest, you need to plant your garden in a soil that is in good condition. So, the best time to start preparing the plot in which you tend to plant your garden is in autumn, then you can start planting in spring.
You can mark an area of land (let’s say 120 square feet or even more), and then spend time to take care of the weeds, sticks and other kinds of objects that would make the soil rough and unpleasant. Necessarily, you should consider tilling the soil and using some organic matter like dead leaves, grass clippings or compost in order to enhance its quality.
Step2: Start Planting
Since you will be making money by selling the plants you grow, you could plant vegetables and sell them to grocery stores, or you could plant good-looking plants that landscapers and garden centers buy for a living. One way or the other, people will definitely buy your plants in order to provide for their families.
Always stick to a plan when choosing seeds for your garden. Also pay attention to spacing and location. You should also consider the size of your garden – make sure that your garden is not too big for you to handle.
Always leave space between each plant, that way they’ll be able to get some air and nutrition. One last thing, always choose the plants that will fit your growing conditions or weather.
Step 3: Water Your Plants
The amount of water that is necessary for your gardening depends on how much rainfall you get where your garden is situated. Generally, young seedlings need to be watered on a regular daily basis. When the roots become grown and strong, then you won’t need to water them regularly anymore.
Nevertheless, it all depends on which kind of plants you grow. When watering your plant, it is advisable to use retractable hose reels, or drip irrigation, as overhead sprinklers aren’t too good for this purpose.
Step 4: Take Care of the Weeds
Weed is one of the major threat to your garden, so give them all the attention needed in order in order for them not to make you fail. Always take your time to look for them and pull them out completely from the root, so that they won’t tamper with your plants. Remember the saying “prevention is better than cure,” it is better you weed regularly than allowing the weeds to ruin your plants.
Step 5: Marketing your garden products
Now this is the marketing part, and also the fun part. After growing your plants, the next thing is using a good marketing strategy to get your products out there. Here, you’ll need a good website. You’ll also need marketing materials, for example, business card.
You’ll need to invest into rake, hoe, shovel, lawn mower, trowel and weed eater. Some of these equipment are a bit expensive. For example, a commercial mower is around $2000, but you can start with what you have. In other words, start small… as time goes on, when your business starts yielding some income, you get better equipment.
Step 6: Sources of Your Revenue
Now, you need to start networking in order to rake in good money through this business. You need to get connected with good farmers markets and quality restaurants. Pay attention to the crops that rake in the most money with investment. Track your sales in order to find out the products that are doing well.
Nothing good comes easy, in order for you to succeed in starting a successful gardening business, you need to invest your time and effort into it. Remember, the beginning part is always the hardest. Once you start harvesting your gardening work, and start making money from what you’ve created right in your backyard, then you’ll know that