In this segment I am going to show you some easy ways to make money gardening and annihilate your mortgage. People suffer for lack of knowledge and if you had known the supply and demand trends in the horticulture and landscaping industries, my guess is that you would have tapped into commercial gardening a long time ago. After reading this post, your concept of your ideal home and property will be forever changed.
Any time I see more than an acre of someone’s back yard, it’s screaming “passive income” to me. Did you know that landscapers are always buying plants from convenient, local sources? Weigela and forsythia are two such plants. For the sake of simplicity we will only talk about weigela. It’s widely sought after because of its beautiful bell spread flowers during the warm seasons. After the flowers die during the colder seasons, the leaves add a special ambiance as well. To make the ambiance even more special, landscapers favor what is known as variegated weigela. Variegated cultivars produce leaves with contrasting color on the edges. Before you decide upon regular or variegated weigela, ask your local landscapers or green houses which kind they would likely buy from you. Sunny Princess, French Lace and My Monet are beautiful variegated cultivars that you might consider. There are actually lots of other easy ways to make money gardening with cultivars but they aren’t listed for the sake of space.
After getting your starter plants it will be time to multiply your profits before they are even planted. You do this by taking a foot long plant and cutting the stem twice so that you have 3 even sections. The two sections with no roots are dipped in a growth hormone and then placed in damp soil in the shade. These clippings can be planted alongside the originally rooted weigela plant 7 days later. And then voila… you will have 3 times your original earning potential. It’s hard to imagine an industry where you can buy something for 70 cents and then quickly turn it into $2.10. Your three full grown plants will sell for about $5.00 each which means a total revenue of $15.00. Doing the math, you can easily see the economic advantage of having a large back yard. This is a prime example of easy passive income, especially if you have a soaker hose with a timer.
Those of you that pay association fees and are prohibited from full scale gardening are probably kicking yourselves right now. Yes, you have a nicely manicured lawn but that won’t pay the bills if you lose your job. Now maybe you are seeing the real value that property can add to a home. What’s nice is that if you have an abundance of trees and shade, you can still profit BIG from gardening. An easy way to make money in this environment is to plant ginseng. Over 5 years time, half an acre of a ginseng crop will be worth about $30,000! Did you hear that? 30K for a crop that isn’t labor intensive at all. You just have to check for snails and mold every once in a while. Regular pests like squirrels and moles don’t target ginseng roots so it is a relatively safe crop. If you do decide to plant ginseng, don’t let your friends or anyone know. Theft can be a problem. In fact, there is a severe penalty for ginseng theft in some states.
Ginseng is unusual in that you could forget about it for years and it will still likely be there when you realize that it can be harvested. And it’s such a robust plant so it probably won’t die out. You could even put off harvesting for 20 years and the precious roots will have grown so huge that you could quit your job from the revenue and tour the world until retirement. But the key to realizing easy money through ginseng is planting in slightly acidic soil which is not greatly exposed to the sun.
Growing holiday flowers can be a big win but you need to have a secret weapon that other growers don’t have, which is an attractive and expansive website. You also have to know a little bit about why people buy online. Let’s say that there is a man on a business trip and he didn’t have enough time to buy his wife something for Valentine’s Day. So he looks online for a flower delivery service in his town. In the heat of the moment, do you think he’s going to vacillate between different websites? Do you think he’s going to do price comparisons? No. He just wants to do the deed quickly so the flowers can be sent, thus saving his hide. If he stumbles upon your professional looking website he will do business with you. This needs-based model works wonders for your bottom line.
Let’s look at this principle in another way. It’s not a coincidence that there’s a bail bonds storefront next to every courthouse. Do you think that a felon is interested in price shopping before he pays bail to get out of jail? No. He just needs to get out. If a house owner has termites, do you think she is interested in wheeling and dealing between two extermination companies? No. She just wants the best company to get the job done quickly. For you as a flower grower, you have to know this principle so you can keep your flowers priced high in order to make good income. As long as your website looks professional, people will pay more to get their flowers delivered because they can trust you to get it done.
To know what kinds of flowers you can sell, we need to look at the three biggest holidays for this industry; Christmas, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. What’s the one flower that comes to mind that can fit into all three of these holidays? Probably most of us would say roses. As a florist or serious back yard gardener you’re just going to have to get used to the stinging feeling that comes with getting pricked with rose thorns. But if you have bush after bush of amazing varieties of cultivars, prosperity won’t be far away. You see, having a lot of unique varieties will make your website dazzle and draw customers in.
If you live in the southern part of the US, you are in a good position to grow roses year round. But you know what? Even though you have the flowers during the winter months, you wouldn’t be able to ship to the northern areas like Michigan. The reason is because Google sees your physical address on your website and will only make it prominent in local searches. Leaving out your address in order to cover broader areas will make your site become virtually unsearchable on all fronts. Getting acquainted with website related dynamics is really something you should master even if you are hiring someone else to do your web development. This is true no matter what industry your are in.