Oven in these days of liberal allowances there still comes a time in the lives of many small boys when the urge to make money shows up. Money may not grow on trees, but a garden can provide cash income worth thinking about.
What is grown to sell depends on several factors. Age, size of plot available, ability to follow through, and the neighborhood supply of potential customers, all must be considered.
First spring vegetables. For younger children, or those whose interest may lag when summer rolls around, the very early crops are a good choice. There is always an eager market for the first spring crops of leaf lettuce, scallions and radishes.
Long-season crops. In neighborhoods without many home gardens fresh produce of almost any kind will be welcomed, and in this situation youngsters might as well grow the easiest
things, the heavy producers, and the long season crops. Green beans, carrots, beets, Swiss chard, New Zealand spinach, tomatoes, corn, zucchini and other squash fall into this category. Whatever the wares may be, do make sure they are picked at their peak of perfection and presented in beautifully fresh condition.
Where neighbors have their own gardens, prospects for selling produce might look inauspicious. By specializing in some of the less frequently grown vegetables, however, young salesmen can still find buyers. Vegetables most highly prized by gourmets, strangely enough, are least common in the average garden. Some of the choicer garden crops, therefore, should prove tempting offerings.
Purple Head cauliflower is a true delicacy, and much easier to grow than standard cauliflower.
Blue Coco beans, long a favorite in France, are quick growing, very prolific, and long bearing.
Savoy cabbage is far milder and sweeter than ordinary cabbage, highly decorative, and easy to grow.
Zucchini, the most delicate member of the squash family, is astonishingly productive.
Cherry tomatoes are always in demand for appetizers, yet are infrequently obtainable.
Dill is quick and easy, but hard for the housewife to find when she needs it. Two or three plantings should be made to cover the season.
Chinese celery cabbage is a late-season vegetable, easy to grow, and delicious.
Kohlrabi is perfectly simple to grow, but not often marketed.
Winter radishes are a desirable addition to the appetizer tray, and can be harvested very late in the season.
Edible-podded peas (sugar peas) are known to the initiated as a very special delicacy.
Leeks are always in demand by anyone who makes vichyssoise. They can be dug and sold all through late fall and early winter.
Cos lettuce and endive are among the most epicurean of salad greens, and among the easiest to grow.