Let’s do the maths together.
The cheapest plastic pots for seedlings I can buy in bulk is $0.162
Potting mix in 10KG bags is $3.95 (which makes up about 50 pots = $0.079
Water etc comes semi-free thanks to our grey water system.
The seeds cost about $1.00 per packet, thanks to The Seed Collection. Each packet holds about 100 seeds, I use about 2 seeds per pot, = $0.2
So, $0.162 + $0.079 + $0.20 = $0.441.
So, if my starting COGS is $0.441, and I want to get a decent return, I need to charge $0.85. Mind you, some of the plants are totally free. Tomatoes Of Mystery, Oregano, Mint, & Thyme cost me nothing, as I just dig them up out of my garden. I’m also collecting Basil and Parsley seeds, and soon will be collecting Corriander.
Now, and this is where I’ve become one of those guys, I collect 75% of my pots by dumpster-diving for plastic drink bottles. I cut them in half and drill holes in the bottom, and voila, I I have free pots that could have cost at least $0.162. This makes the sum $0.0405 + $0.079 + $0.2 = $0.3195.
Now let’s also assume a good 25% of my herbs a self-sewn, I’ve propagated for free, the sum becomes $0.0405 + $0.079 + $0.15 = $0.2695. This means I can sell them for $0.50 and still quite well.
So, if anyone has a gripe about my prices, please feel free to take a swing at this calculation, and if you reckon you can beat it, let me know.
Oh, I’ve also got a vertical wall planter made from a recycled forklift pallet ready for sale:
Just $35, and it’s yours. I can deliver it for an extra $20, anywhere within 20KM of Chadstone. It’s poly-lined so your plants won’t die of thirst, and looks it and a bit on a wall when filled with your favourite herbs and or flowering plants. I’ve advertised it on Gumtree, and Facebook here, here, here and here.
Weekdays, I’m open for business between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM, and weekends between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM.