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What you need to know to make big money planting vegetables.


What if climate change, peak oil and escalating world population cause increasing food shortages and escalating food prices? Growing your own organic food reduces the risks for you and your family & friends. Planting organic vegetables now is increasingly important. Selling surplus food is a reliable way to make money. We provide a step by step plan to maximize your income from growing.

The key factors that affect profitability when planting fruit & vegetables, herbs, nuts and berries are:

  1. Your choice of crops is fundamental to your financial success.
  2. The market demand for the crops you select and your ability to reach that market. 
  3. Marketing crops is just as important as in any business and choosing the right marketing strategy is crucial.  
  4. You need to be able to grow the crops. 
  5. Your climate and growing season make a big difference.
  6. Costs e.g. mulch, fertilizers, watering, composting, transport, electricity, packing….. In most countries however the biggest cost is labour. Here the less developed countries like India, China and Africa have a big cost advantage.


Actual examples of planting organic vegetables to make money.


Some crops are hugely more profitable than others e.g. most fruit trees have only one crop every 12 months—but not all of them! Planting organic vegetables can be amazingly rewarding e.g. we pick rhubarb from the one plant every 5 or 6 weeks giving us 8 crops a year from each plant! There are other vegetables we pick even more times a year.

Temperature has a major impact on growth—too hot or too cold stops growth dead  in its tracks for most plants. So if you are in an area that gets extreme hot temperatures (over 30 degrees C) you can improve production by planting organic vegetables in a shadehouse in the summer. Depending on the size of the area you grow in this can be a small homemade device with cloth draped over wood or plastic poles or a large walk in shadehouse with sprinklers.  If you live in cold climates that get frosts or snow, then you can improve productivity and lengthen your growing season by planting organic vegetables in a greenhouse in the winter.

Another recommendation is to choose crops with the shortest time from planting to maturity because time and cashflow are major factors in profitability. So how about these:

 
Radish
6 to 7  weeks from planting to maturity
 
Buttonsquash
7 weeks
 
Zucchini
7 to 8 weeks
 
Silver beet
8 weeks
 
Broccoli
9 to 10 weeks
 
Carrots
10 to 11 weeks


The exact time will vary slightly with different varieties and the weather. Clearly with a short growing period like these crops  above, you can be planting organic vegetables several times a year. This demonstrates vividly why good information in planting vegetables makes a huge difference to the results you achieve.

Planting organic vegetables to make money needs to be addressed as a business; as we have seen there are many factors affecting your success. We can show you the way based on years of practical experience.

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