Money Make money from your garden
Want to earn extra cash this spring? Follow our tips
1 rent out your drive You could make up to £200 per month, especially if you live near an airport, sports ground or railway station. Check out justpark.com – it doesn’t charge you commission, but it adds 25% on top of your suggested price. Parklet.com is good if you want to set up a more long-term arrangement, although the one-off £25 fee and 20% commission make it one of the more expensive options.
4 get growing Many people prefer to buy established seedlings, rather than a packet of seeds, so if you have the skills to propagate seedlings, you could make a tidy sum. Jasmine Birtles, from moneymagpie.com, adds, ‘If you have a greenhouse you can make up to £600 a month from spring to autumn.’
6 party time If you have a large garden you could hire it out for parties, providing you can access it without going through your house. ‘You could even add in catering and make £200-500 over the summer,’ Jasmine Birtles adds. Or if your garden (and house) is attractive, consider letting it out as a film and TV location. See amazingspace.co.uk for more information.
2 create a buzz Beekeeping is a hobby that can make you money and help the environment. See if your local beekeepers association (bbka.org.uk) has a training ground. While you will need to buy equipment, clothing and bees, a hive could produce around 40lb of honey per year, which you could sell for up to £5 a jar.
5 Morning campers! If you live near a tourist attraction you could hire out your garden as a campsite. And you don’t need sprawling grounds – if your home is near a popular festival you could do it on a small scale for just a few days a year. Sign up with a website such as campinmygarden.com, set your rates and say what facilities you can offer you could earn up to £20 a night for hosting a two man tent (check your home insurance covers this).
7 nurture fancy florals Edible flowers are very fashionable, thanks to celebrity chefs using them. ‘Nasturtiums, pansies and courgette flowers could earn you £80-100 per month, depending on how many you grow,’ says Jasmine Birtles. ‘Sell them at markets, car boots and local delis.’
3 sell your produce Grow your own fruit and veg, and sell the surplus! Bigbarn’s Crop For The Shop scheme (bigbarn.co.uk) connects growers with retailers. The website gives advice and helps you find local sellers. Founder Anthony Davison explains, ‘As far as payment is concerned it is up the shop; some do credit notes, others do cash – some pubs exchange veg for pints!’