As I sit here and think about all the wonderful ways indoor gardening can benefit our lives, there are a few worries that I have. When I first got into indoor gardening, it was due to a challenge from my husband. He wanted to start an indoor vegetable garden. I had other plans in mind. As a result, I spent a lot of time researching indoor gardening jobs.
Once I really began to do research, it really opened my eyes to some of the negative things I hadn’t considered. I didn’t think of the hours I would have to spend in the greenhouse. I didn’t consider the fact that I would need to water my vegetables every day. I didn’t consider the fact that I might not have the time to spend harvesting and storing my harvest. These are all important aspects to consider when thinking about indoor gardening jobs.
Some of these factors, I now know to be true. While there are indoor gardening jobs available, they aren’t for everyone. If you fall into one of the groups that is mentioned earlier, you may want to look into other options.
There are plenty of gardening job opportunities. You can get a job as a gardener doing what is known as maintenance. You will be responsible for making sure the plants are getting enough water and nutrients. This means checking on the weather, making sure the soil is conducive for planting and making sure no weeds are getting through. You will also be responsible for making sure the greenhouse has adequate ventilation.
You can also get a job as a gardener doing what is called aeration. This means you will be removing tree roots that could potentially choke the garden. It also means you will be responsible for removing leaves from the greenhouse. Sometimes you will have to make sure the shed is cleaned up after a storm.
In some instances you will not be able to tell what your job will be until you start. For instance, one day a friend asked me what I thought my job would be at a gardening center. When I told her she was expecting to get a job working in the greenhouse and I wasn’t quite prepared for that. So she asked me what my job description was and I thought I would write that down.
The first thing I had to do when I started out in the indoor gardening business was to get a job as a gardener in a school. It was something I had thought about but it took some time because it required a security clearance letter. After that I was able to work in the school garden and I had to turn in my gardening work. It was hard work but it was worth it because I got paid to be a gardener! When I got my first check I was blown away by the money.
Now that I am retired I still work part-time but I take on clients as well. I have a client that hires me to come in and spray their backyard for them because they are afraid of black ants. Other people hire me to clean their gardens after they have hired a contractor to install the pool pumps. All of my job descriptions are flexible and I like that about indoor gardening.
Another job I enjoy is working on people’s yards and providing technical and personal garden services. This means I get to pick out plants, weed them, water them, fertilize them, and I can even give advice on how to maintain them. I love helping people solve problems and that is one thing the yard sales do very well. I have also been asked to help advertise for yard sales. Sometimes it helps to bring the business directly to the homeowner so I have learned a lot of things along the way.
Indoor gardening jobs are not always easy to find. My first real gig was growing blueberries with my boyfriend and we loved it. It was hard work but it was so rewarding to see those berries turning into beautiful fruits. Now, that I have more experience I tend to specialize in one area and that is strawberries.
There are many gardeners in the UK that love to grow strawberries and grow blueberries, some just for the joy of it and some because they have a specialized skill. The biggest job I have had is growing vegetables. My favorite is summer squash, I get to pick what vegetables I want and grow them myself or hire someone else to do it for me. There are always challenges growing vegetables like bugs, worms, heat and all the other things that go along with gardening. Working in a greenhouse helps me overcome those challenges. There are always new challenges and ways to improve my gardening skills.