Grow Your Own Flowers and Sell Them
You can grow the best gardens and even sell the things you grow.
- Start by setting aside some space in your yard to have a garden. It should be in a sunny area where the soil isn't too moist.
- Decide what you want to grow and sell: Plants or cut flowers?
- Decide whether you want to be an organic grower or whether you want to use pesticides and other chemicals. Growing organically will support your local wildlife, ie. bees, butterflies, and birds, all of which are important for maintaining a healthy ecosystem, and especially, for pollination. Using chemicals will help keep costs down, and save time. It will cost you your "organic" label though.
- Buy some fertilizer if you are going the chemical route, or start reading up on growing things naturally. See tips and sources below.
- Loosen the soil. If you are using chemicals, dump in some fertilizer and something to get rid of slugs, and work it in. If you growing organically, enrich your soil by adding something like peat moss and dehydrated cow manure. Both are very easy to find at garden stores.
- Next, put in some mulch into the soil to rich it up.
- Pat it smugly, and using a ruler and a knife, cut a straight line and pour the seeds in.
- After pat it smugly and mix some fertilizer with water and that's what you'll water with!
- Now create a place to sell your flowers:
- Since your income won't be very high to start with, consider a roadside stand, or a booth at a flea market or community tag sale.
- If you live on a road where you get enough traffic to have the stand in your yard, consider leaving a few products out all the time, with an 'honors system' can for payment. Be sure to empty the can regularly, while most people are honest - some are not.
- Next, advertise!
- Take pictures of your products and create posters to decorate your booth.
- Put signs at intersections near your home. Don't hang them on poles, and be sure they don't create a line-of-sight hazard. (Signs that do this are often removed, and you could get cited by the authorities for creating a hazard).
- Mulch is made best with eggshells and orange peels.
- Make a website so people can see it online.
- Be sure to keep enough change on hand, so you can give change to your customers.
- You can do your community and your local wildlife a favor by growing plants/flowers which are native to your area and which attract bees and butterflies. It is very easy to find lists of these plants for your zone. Check out "The Wildlife Gardener's Guide," which is published by Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This is just one of many guides which are available.
- Check with local zoning authorities about any permits you may need to run a roadside stand.
Things You'll Need
- eggshells or orange peels
- poster board & markers
- Make a Lei
- Prune Rose Bushes
- Arrange a Dozen Roses in a Vase
- Read a Fertilizer Label
- Attract Butterflies
- Grow Iris
- Grow a Garden and Sell Products