How to Make Money Growing Plants at Home (an easy side hustle!)

Want to Grow a Money Garden? Don’t we all! Well today, I am going to talk about how you can make money growing plants at home, by growing plants and selling them right from your own home! That’s almost as good as a money garden! Make Money Gardening, Selling Plants for Profit It’s seed starting season, and you know what that means? It means it’s time to make a little cash with a little gardening side hustle! Every year I grow some extra vegetable seedlings, especially tomatoes and peppers, and sell them to local folks. It is an easy way to make money growing plants at home, since I am going to grow them anyway!   Every year I try and add a few additional things to sell when it comes times for folks to come pick up their orders. In this article, I will share how I make money growing plants at home, how I find customers, and I will share a little bit about what other plants I sell. Selling Tomato and Pepper Seedlings from Home The first thing I started selling, was extra tomato and pepper seedlings. They are some of the most profitable plants to grow and sell from home in my opinion. But you can grow herbs to sell, annual, perennials, what ever strikes you fancy! I start the tomatoes and peppers from seed, and I always have planted a bit more than I need, just in case the germination rates were not good. That’s how it started, I’d have a few extra plants, and ask on Facebook if any of my friends or neighbors wanted to buy them. And they did! Then friends started asking me if they could buy all their…

How to Store Onions from the Garden through the Winter

How to Store Onions from the Garden Do you have goals to eat your own home grown onions through the winter? Than you are in the right place and I’ll tell you how to do just that. I will share with you my tips on how to store onions from the garden through the winter. A lot of it has to do with how you store them, but also a key component, is which variety of onions you grow. You might also be interested in: Seed Starting 101: Planting Onion Seed How to Plant Onion Seedlings Harvesting and Curing Onions Please check out our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop Growing What you Eat As a homesteader and gardener, my goal was to grow as much food as I can for my family to eat. The goal was to eliminate buying as much produce as possible from the store in an effort to be as self-sustaining as possible. So onions? YES! We eat a lot of onions. So through trial and error, I have figured out how to best grow them, store them and eat them, all through the winter. Please check out my articles on How to Plant Onion Seed and also How to Plant Onion Seedlings for more detailed direction on those specific topics. The rest of this article, will talk about which onion varieties to choose, and how to store them in order to keep eating your home grown onions through the winter. Long Day vs Intermediate Day vs Short Day Onions This is the first thing you must consider. If you live in the Northern States, you need to grow a Long Day Onion. These require 14-16 hours of sunlight per day in order for the bulb to start…

How to Keep Your Seed Stash Organized

Do you have a million seed packets laying around? Than this post is for you! Today I am sharing with you my favorite system to keep your seed stash organized! If 2019 is your year to get organized, declutter, move toward a minimalist lifestyle, you need this if you are a gardener. It took me many years to finally find this system that actually works! I forget who shared this idea, but I know I first saw it on Instagram. I’d love to have you follow me on Instagram here if you aren’t already! Other related articles you may be interested in: Mother’s Day Gift Guide for the Homesteading Moms Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners! Essential Seed Starting Equipment All of our Homesteading and Gardening Favorites in our Amazon Shop! Photo Storage Boxes to Organize your Seed Packets How simple is this?!?!? And why did we all not think of this ourselves? Some genius out there realized how perfectly photo storage boxes work for seed packets. It’s like they were made to store seeds! They fit just right, snap closed, you can see through them so you know what is in each. It’s perfect really. And simple! Genius. My bags and boxes and bins of seeds  and seed packets are finally all neat and tidy.   Different Ways to Sort Your Seed Collection Yes, I have 3 cases of photo boxes for these 3 different categories. With just a few spare boxes in each case. Depending on your seed stash, you may need more or less. If you are like me though, go big! You will always have more seeds coming in. You can have a case for old seeds and new seeds! Flower seeds and veggie seeds! But 3…

My 2018 Winter Sowing Results are In!!

Today I am going to share my 2018 Winter Sowing Results! It was pretty hot here in the high 70’s yesterday, so I decided it was the day to open all my milk jug greenhouses that I had winter sown back in February and March. It felt like Christmas opening up all the mini greenhouses! Yay!! Did you Winter Sow this year? If so, please share with us what you grew and how it worked out for you! I have had success every year with this process. It is always fun to experiment, and to see them many possibilities, for growing things using this method! Related articles you may be interested in: Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing How to Grow Lavender from Seed using the Winter Sowing Method Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment How to Make Money Growing Plants at Home Our Homesteading and Gardening favorites in our Amazon Shop!   Winter Sowing Flowers: Snap Dragons and Zinnias   You can grow so many types of flowers using Winter Sowing! I grew three varieties of Snap Dragon this year: Black Prince, Tall Deluxe Mix and Apple Blossoms. I grew five varieties of Zinnia: State Fair, Benary’s Giant Purple, Red Scarlet, Lilliput Mix and California Giant. This year I want to add more flowers to my vegetable garden to give it more of a potager’s garden feel. Can’t wait to see these all in bloom! Winter Sowing Flowers: Marigolds   I always grow some marigolds for the vegetable garden, and now collect my own seed from them every year to plant next years flowers from. I grow three varieties every year and they are Star Fire Signet, Court Jester and Giant Mix. These are wonderful for the vegetable garden because they…

Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed

Today we will be talking all about how to plant tomato seeds including which varieties to grow! Tomatoes are my favorite! I miss them so in the winter months. I want at least one of every color and shape and size!  I hope you will have better luck narrowing down the choices. 🙂 Related articles you may be interested in: Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings Benefits of Freezing Your Tomato Harvest Our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Choosing New & Unique Tomato Varieties to Plant I am adding this video to this post, in September 2019. This is a video that Jessica from Roots & Refuge did with Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms at the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, CA the same month. For those who don’t know who Brad is, he is THE Tomato Man. He has created a lot of the new tomatoes that everyone wants to grow such as Blue Beauty, Black Beauty, Dark Galaxy, Barry’s Crazy Cherry, Atomic Grape, and many many more. In this video, he talks about how he creates new tomato varieties and how he grows them. I hope after watching this, you too, will grow some new to you varieties! (Go give some love to Wild Boar Farms on Facebook or Instagram, and go Subscribe to Roots & Refuge YouTube Channel!)   Choosing Tomatoes For Different Purposes When you are deciding which tomatoes to grow, think about how you will use them. I like to make a lot of tomato sauce to can up and keep in the pantry. But I don’t like to do it at harvest time, so I freeze them until then.  I also love to eat them fresh. And…

Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing (a simple step by step guide!)

What is Winter Sowing? Winter Sowing is using plastic milk jugs or other plastic containers, and using them as mini-greenhouses outside in the middle of winter, to sow your seeds. Winter sowing is an easy, simple, inexpensive way to sow seeds. I have been doing this now for the last 6 years or so, and it has worked so well for me, that I wanted to share this Winter Sowing tutorial in hopes that it works for you too. Because it is SOOOOO EASY!!!!! Sow those seeds, and then forget about them for a few month! Seriously. That is all. Related posts you may be interested in: 2018 Winter Sowing Results How to Grow Lavender from Seed using the Winter Sowing Method Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment post How to Make Money Growing Plants at Home Our Homesteading and Gardening favorites in our Amazon Shop! Winter Gardening Another reason I love winter sowing, is it allows me to get back into my gardening groove before the weather truly lets me. I don’t know about you, but after the holidays are over, I start getting the gardening itch. Winter sowing allows me to actually begin gardening in the winter, but without really dealing with the nastiness of winter. I plant the seeds indoors, and then just pop them outside and let nature to the rest. Frugal Seed Starting in Winter Winter Sowing is also a much more frugal way to start seeds. No need to buy all that seed starting equipment such as heat mats, grow lights, plant trays, etc. Just save your used milk jugs, and then the only thing you need to acquire is the potting soil to grow in, and the seeds! And duct tape. Winter Sowing Containers or Mini Greenhouses for Winter…