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On a couple of different occasions I have tried rather unsuccessfully to make a little bit of money from my gardening efforts. Wouldn't it be awesome to pull on the gardening gloves and head out to the garden every day instead of driving to some dreary workplace? It's a romantic notion, but one that I have entertained often.
Well, one of my relatives has found a way to make a little bit of money from growing sunflowers. He's not getting rich and I'm sure he's not going to be quitting his day job, but I think his idea is pretty clever.
It started about four years ago when he decided to plow up a small plot and throw out a bag of black oil sunflower seeds to see if they would come up. You know, the kind you can buy at Walmart for bird seed. They did come up and before long people were stopping and asking if they could clip the flowers. He started charging one dollar for three sunflowers and the people just kept coming.
Every year since he has planted his little sunflower plot. It is all self service and operates on the honor system. He has a table with a payment box and he even provides the cutters.
It is only about a half mile from my house, so I rode over there yesterday and took a couple of pictures.
Sunflowers U-Clip ( photo / image / picture from eclecticgarden's Garden )
Sunflower Plot ( photo / image / picture from eclecticgarden's Garden )
Sunflower Plot 2 ( photo / image / picture from eclecticgarden's Garden )
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That's a nice idea and deserves to be honored. They do look like a beautiful selection. Did you buy any EG?
It's amazing how sometimes the simple and obvious things just work the best. Great idea.
I didn't buy any Frank. I've got plenty of my own sunflowers growing.
I think this is a great idea too. Mind you he'd has to sell three million to become a millionaire!!