How to Make Money From Your Garden
Let’s face it – the UK is not renowned for its tropical heat and al-fresco temperatures, and so whilst most of us have a garden, the overwhelming majority will only really use it for those 2 weeks of the summer when the sun finally decides to come out. For the rest of the year, our small patch of Blighty remains unused, shrivelled and a place just to let the dog out for some fresh air. It’s a shame really, considering the potential earning-power most gardens have across the UK – yes, that’s right, EARNING power. Your garden could literally be your business – from growing veg, to keeping bees…even setting up your own cattery! Whether you want to turn your home into your business or just want to make some extra cash on the side, we will guide you through some of the easy and efficient ways of turning your lawn into a money making empire!
Grow your own veg
Ok, so we’ll start with growing your own veggies. Whilst this might not equate to big bucks and a back door grocery which rivals Sainsbury’s, this is a top tip for saving money. All you need to do is to allocate an area in your garden for where you can grow them – using old sleepers to protect the plantation and also to discourage pesky animals from digging up all of your hard work. The great thing about growing your own vegetables is that it is so easy! There are a whole variety of greens out there which can be grown throughout winter and which don’t need constant sunlight to blossom. Asparagus, peas, onions, garlic and leeks are all easily grown through the colder months and can be used in a variety of dishes. Once you get the knack of it, this hobby will become seriously rewarding – both financially and emotionally. There are also proven health benefits to growing your own organic veg, with far more nutrients and vitamins being saved as a result of not going through the supermarket.
Selling Allotment Space
Another way of making some much needed cash from your backyard is to get the public involved! In big cities and larger towns, a lot of residents in your area will be flat-owners, with no access to green space apart from the local park. Why not sell a small proportion of your garden as allotments for other budding veggie growers? This is a great way of leasing out land for a healthy fee, and something which you can always reclaim should you feel it’s not working. It’s also a great way of meeting like-minded people and creating a sense of community in your local area.
With farmhouse honey selling for a small fortune, you would be mad not to get involved in this deeply rewarding hobby. Although the idea can sound terrifying (thousands of bees swarming around you with a deadly sting!) these stripy little creatures are surprisingly chilled out, and very rarely sting you unless provoked. Bees are also relatively easy to look after: after an initial investment in a netted suit and wooden hive, you only need a couple of hours a week to tend to them, and from this you can make up to 40lbs worth of honey. That’s a lot of business at a farmer’s market and a lot of money towards that summer holiday! Just be sure to tell your neighbours before you invest….
Set Up a Cattery
Are you an animal lover? Do you have a patch of land in your back garden which is left completely unused? Why not create your very own cattery! With Brits holidaying twice a year on average, there is plenty of business already lined up for you. All you need to do is get planning permission and all the necessarily legal checks to confirm you are licensed to look after animals, and you’re good to go! Luxury cateries can charge up to £25 per night, and if you have 7-10 occupied at once that’s nearly £1,750 per week!
Save on Gifts
Ok – so more of a money-saving tip rather than a money-maker, but why not use what’s in your garden to save on birthday presents? If you’re a keen fruit and flower grower, there are a whole array of gorgeous products you can make from just a few simple ingredients – take Mary Berry’s Elderflower cordial (which can also be turned into a beautiful English sparkling wine) or Delia Smith’s country jams. These presents are thoughtful and delicious – and if you get good at it, they are a great product to sell to local farm shops at an attractive price tag.