My plan is to sell potted herbs on a small scale, medicinal culinary, edible perennial plants and other useful plants.
I want to sell on markets and do garage sales.
I calculated a bit around and figured out that standard culinary herbs like parsley or chives are not worthwhile for me because of the costs of seeds and
I cannot transport that much because we have a small car.
I want to sell i.e "perennial salad herbs", "Chinese medicinals", "Italian cooking", "Love herbs" etc., simply put, herbs which I group in themes. I try to grow as many rare plants as possible.
At the moment I try to grow as much variety in my garden as possible. I think of propagating most of the herbs by cuttings, division etc., but some I will sow.
At the moment I sow seeds in polysterene boxes I get from the greengrocer. I plan to pot them up.
The problem is that I don't really have a place to put the boxes. At the moment they are on the terrace in full sun. If I place them underneath trees I am afraid of the slugs.
I wonder if it helps to build something to lift them up. Or even better buying something second hand.
Plant labeling is a pain too. Old milk boxes cut up do NOT work as I found out last year and ice cream sticks don't work either, they look nice but as soon as people put them in the garden the name is gone. I search since AGES for old blinds, I can't find one. I'll try to cut labels out of soft drink cans. Other ideas?
As for the potting mix, I mix cocepeat ($2 a brick, which gives far less than the stated 9 litres) sand I had some for free but it ran out, aged cow manure and mushroom compost I buy both in bulk. I have virtually no soil in the garden to spare, but I might buy soil (nothing fancy likeveggie mix) for $39 a ton, but sand is more than $60 a ton I must find a free source. I have got no compost either because everything organic ends up in the hügelbeds. I think that ready made potting mix sells for 60+ a m³. I found that I need plenty of that stuff any ideas for cheap and good mixes without the non existant garden soil?
I picked up an old book "plants for sale" at a thrift store and she says that there is no problem putting the pots on the floor. The only other idea I have so far is putting them on turned over polystere boxes which I would use to transport the plants anyway given the size of the car.
There would be laminated information sheets about every herb. It would be great to have a bit more dimension in the stall, but often you have concrete floor and cannot drive stakes in to fix something.
I have gathered quite some pots over time at the council clean up, but I am sure once I sell plants they will be gone very quickly. I don't really know if I can sell expensive plants in old milk containers but I am not very keen to buying plastic. Something recyceled but it must look good or a second hand source of pots would be great. Do soil blockers work well?
We're in zone 8 ish.
Do you do markets and do you have pictures of your stalls?
Any comments ideas inpu?
Who else sells plants?
Can you really tell me that we aren't dealing with suspicious baked goods? And then there is this tiny ad: