How to Make Money From an Herb Garden

Overview

Herbs are edible plants that are safe to use as food and tea. Growing your own herbs is a relatively inexpensive endeavor: planting a packet of seeds gives you an almost-limitless supply of herbs for at least one season. In addition to enjoying the health benefits of herbs, they can also make you money.

Step 1

Find a farmer's market within comfortable driving distance from your home. Try to avoid a driving trip more than an hour away, as the gas cost will eat up some of your profit.

Step 2

Plant as many herbs as you can. If your yard's soil is poor quality, or you live in a small space, plant your herbs in containers filled with high-quality potting soil.

Step 3

Tend to your herb garden daily to make sure that the garden is not overtaken by pests or weeds. Pull emerging weeds immediately, and treat pest invasions with insecticidal soap.

Step 4

Fertilize the herb garden with an all-purpose organic fertilizer. Mix and use according to the directions on the package of fertilizer.

Step 5

Snip sprigs off of the herb plants when they are mature. Snipping the herbs is your first opportunity to make money from your herb garden. This is also a way to ensure that the plants will continue to grow; pruning back herb plants encourages new growth.

Step 6

Package your herbs in small zip-close bags. Use your computer and printer to create labels for your packages of herbs. Include your email address, so that customers can contact you for future orders.

Step 7

Harvest seeds from the herb plants at the end of the season. Use these seeds to grow your own herbs again next year, or sell the seeds to customers at a farmer's market or online.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower pots or garden space
  • Fertilizer
  • Gardening snips
  • Small zip-close bags
  • Computer
  • Printer

References

  • FreshCutHerbs.com: Growing and Selling Fresh Cut Herbs
  • SurferSam.com: Flavor, Fragrance and Flowers
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About this Author

Cyn Vela is a freelance writer and professional blogger. Her work has been published on dozens of websites, as well as in local print publications. Vela's articles usually focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, parenting, gardening, and health and wellness. She studied English literature at Del Mar College, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.