Money Make money from your gar­den

Want to earn ex­tra cash this spring? Fol­low our tips

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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!’

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