If you grow herbs, here are a few suggestions for the kinds of herb-related products you can sell to consumers or share with family, friends, and neighbors.
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Plants and Seeds
Selling herb plants is probably the easiest and fastest way to make a profit. Start growing your herbs indoors in late winter or early spring. Start small, grow what you know best, and micromanage these seedlings for top quality results. Your customers will come from local word of mouth and they will do much of the advertising for you.
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Drying herbs is a great way to preserve them for use. Many customers will not buy a fresh herb because they do not recognize that it is the same herb they see in a jar. Many herbs look entirely different once they are dried and packaged in a container.
You can dry herbs for both culinary use as well as for crafts. A market exists for both. Place your dried herb material into jars or tins and be sure to offer samples of food that has been made with them, if possible. More customers will try something new if they can taste or smell it first.
Don't overlook mixing teas and smoking mixtures as well. They are the simple combination of herbs that become your own special recipes. Bag them up in a creative container and voila! You will have repeat customers with very little effort.
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Herbal knowledge is a very important product to sell and consumers want to know more about what they are buying. The time you have spent growing and using herbs is something valuable to many consumers.
Newsletters, recipe books, writing herb-related articles and books are all ways to create income from your experiences growing herbs. You might find that your expertise in growing a windowsill garden that lasts all year round is a skill that is in high demand.
The next time you create a soup that tastes delicious loaded with your own blend of herbs, write down how you did it. Collect your recipes and sell them to others, who might not have your creative touch.
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Teaching Herbal Classes
Your years of growing and using herbs have created the next way to profit from them. Your herbal knowledge is worth more than you think. Many people would love to know how to grow herbs. They might grow herbs but they don't know how to use them. You can teach classes in herbal cooking, drying, growing, crafting, and healing.
Teaching need not be any more involved than finding a common space to hold classes, creating a flyer or social media posting to advertise the classes, and spending some time organizing your teaching materials. Focus on the topics you know and love to keep the enthusiasm high. Your time is worth money.
A Final Thought
Making money from the herb garden really requires a little imagination and some creative packaging. You are selling more than your herbs; you are also selling your herbal knowledge.