Edible Houseplants are a Good Indoor Crop

Courtesy of Wally S., Wally’s Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon, SK

I am in hard winter here right now, so the only outside work I have is shoveling snow. Believe me, there is no market for that here in Saskatoon. Given that we go to three markets a week, year round, we are having to concoct money making ideas. One new product we have test marketed the last couple of weeks is edible house plants, specifically garlic. We sell them in the containers you see below for $5.00 each.

SPIN photo farm stand display

We plant 5 cloves per container. Three weeks later you have a marketable product. We use indoor grow table/racks for this production. Plants are sold with the idea that you harvest the green garlic, and it will regrow to be harvestable again. Given the low price point, people are willing to give it a try, and they are moving well.
Wally, Zone 3

Parsely is a Good Minor Crop

Courtesy of Wally S., Wally’s Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon, SK

Parsley is a good minor crop to consider. I started mine from seed in plug trays and them transplanted to Earthboxes. Containers seems to work well for parsley, so it can be a crop to grow in areas that you can’t otherwise make use of, like patios, paved walkways, deck or unused driveways.

Here are the 10 Earthboxes I have in production this year. They’ll keep me supplied with about 20 bunches of parsley per week, for the rest of the growing season. That’s $50 per week for a relatively small effort.

SPIN Photo Earthbox parsely