Can an inexperienced gardener earn money from gardening?
It's difficult for me to find employment because I have a major anxiety disorder. I rarely leave the house due to my fear of driving. My small online business creates just enough income to pay for my rent and utility bills, but it's not enough to pay for other needs like food and health care. This summer I took up gardening and absolutely fell in love with it. It got me out of the house and it gave my life a renewed sense of purpose. Not to mention it did wonders for calming down my anxiety. That got me to thinking...can I earn a living with a small backyard garden?
My backyard is less than a quarter of an acre and it sits on a steep slope. However, I also have a relatively large patio (6 feet x 9 feet). My knowledge of gardening is still very limited. So far I have successfully grown spinach and unsuccessfully attempted to grow pumpkins.
I want to have something ready to sell by next spring. The first step is to figure out what type of plants to grow. Obviously these plants must be in high demand at farmers markets. They must take up very little space in my garden, and they must be easy for an inexperienced gardener like myself to grow. Ideally these plants would thrive in my climate (zone 7a).
Any suggestions or advice?