Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Finding a spot & Germinating

Finding a place in your garden, or if you don't, finding a sunny spot. Basically in a garden you don't necessarily have to plough the earth, since that is a big hassle. You can just mow the grass really short and/or burn some paper on the spot to kill off the grass. Then (after the earth has cooled) you can simply take a stick and poke holes into the ground for each pea, leaving about 5 centimetres between them.

If you don't have a garden, you can use the bases of 3 litre milk containers. Cut the top off (ie, the part that includes the handle, upwards). You can grab leaves from a local park and stuff the base with that, then on top of that add a layer of soil. Perhaps you'll need to 'borrow' a bit of soil from the local park for that, if you can't get any. It's certainly a drab day when you can't even have access to the basics like soil! Once done, apply the following instructions for the garden (sans the paper burning!!) to the container and find a spot by a window which gets the most light.

Back to the garden, you will get long grass there in the end and it'll compete with the peas a bit, reducing their return somewhat. But if you don't own a shovel or aren't inclined to digging over a patch of grassy ground (which, let's be honest, will be thickly matted with grass roots and hard to clear), then it's a way to get started right now!

You don't just put them in though. Put the dried pea seeds into a dish of water for about 12 hours. Don't leave it for longer otherwise the seeds sort of drown! Then find an old sock that you were going to throw out. Utterly soak the sock in some regular water then take the seeds from the dish and lay them on one half of the sock, then fold the other half of the sock over the top of them (note, the sock can be used for this multiple times - other sites will suggest using paper towels which, of course, you'd have to spend money on). You can check on them whenever you want, but it'll take about two days for the seeds to start sprouting. It's really satisfying to come back after an hour and see the white shoot of a seed having visible extended from the seed.

After they have made a shoot that's at least a few millimetres long, you can pop them into the holes you made in the garden. Pour water into each hole and cover it. Put something over the top as birds like to explore the hole for insects and they tend to pull the seed out. Laying newspaper down will be fine and it helps kill off the grass as well. Remove the newspaper after a five days or so. This way you don't necessarily have to fill each hole with dirt. Just water it again after you remove the newspapers.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Making Money with Sugar Snap Peas!

It's really easy to start making inverse income and effectively making money - that's income where since you didn't spend money on a necessity (in this case food/vegetables) you keep that money for something else. You've made that money in as much as you've eliminated the need to spend it on a necessity.

I'd recommend sugar snap peas to start with, because you can eat the casing as well and it means less shelling. So you can either buy the pea seeds from a local hardware store or nursery, or you can simply buy sugar snap peas at the grocer and super market. If you do this though, you will have to shell them and dry them in a cool, dry place for say 15 days or so. They need to be dried to trigger their germination properties.

If you buy a packet, you get a lot of them for around $6. Since each plant gives around $35 cents worth of peas or more, you need to plant just 18 plants to cover the cost of the 'investment'!

Okay, time to decide how many seeds you want to plant. You will probably need a five centimetre gap between each plant so they don't crowd each other. You can crowd them a fair bit, but as they compete for nutrients and light they will produce less pods and might even go below the bottom line of five pods per plant.

In terms of planting in a garden, or if you don't have a garden, in planters, finding a good spot will be part of the next article!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Make Money by Growing, Founding Principle!

Okay, you buy food, don't you? You haven't somehow been able to transcend the need to eat? :)

Say your about to buy $5 worth of vegetables. But then I step in and buy them for you? Well, now you have $5 you wouldn't have otherwise had. Indeed, your effectively $5 ahead! You've made $5, essentially!

This is really simple. I mean you've heard of passive income where you sit back and your money just grows? Well, it can literally work that way as well. At the moment in my area suger snap peas (yum!) cost 7 cents per pod.

Well, there's your key to everything right there!

One single pea can grow a plant that'll make many, many pods. And that's just growing one, single, lonely plant.

Let's say a plant grows five pods. They'll grow more, but let's just be conservative for now. That's 35 cents from that one plant. And, yes, that'll be 35 cents worth of vegetables you wont be buying!!!

"35 cents?? That's not much!"

Your not thinking big, like every company does, where they all make money by doing things in bulk! Your not going to grow one plant when it's easy and simple to put in a few dozen! Every plant multiplies that 35 cents. Simply decide how much you want to make!

This is the founding principle! Look forward to latter posts in which detail that founding principle being executed, in step by step simple instructions. I'm really looking forward to writing it!

Thanks for reading and will see you again soon!