I always had it in my mind that one day I would grow and sell succulents, and maybe after retirement, this could even be a small income stream for me. These thoughts were pre Covid, when retirement seemed far into the future. And then 2020 arrived, and the pandemic forced us into isolation.
I’m still not sure when retirement will happen, but since being self isolated, it’s starting to sound more likely than not. It is now 199 days since I stopped working to self isolate, when it first became apparent that this pandemic was going to be serious.
When going into isolation, I decided that, regardless of the reason for it, this time at home would be precious to me, and I didn’t want to waste it. I decided to bring my thoughts about ‘one day’ growing and selling succulents, to actually doing it now.
I have been working on this project very haphazardly for a couple of years, but when I decided to get serious, I dubbed it my “isoproject, and made a plan. I’ve been spending hours every day, working to that plan, in what I call my propagating corner, tending to baby succulents, transplanting them and watching them grow.
I even bought a greenhouse, which I’ve been promising myself for years. Our winters are very cold and the succulents need to be protected. The greenhouse is the simplest way to do this. As a result, the succulents have thrived during winter, in the warmth, and have grown very quickly.
An added bonus of the greenhouse, was that I’ve been able to ‘play around’ with other plants. I have grown vegies for summer from seed, and transplanted them into pots ready for sale. I have eight varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, capsicum, beetroot, beans, corn, rockmelon, watermelon, pumpkin, silverbeet, spring onions, cucumber and zucchini, all ready for sale.
I am now ready to start selling. I have no expectation of making enough money, to live on, and will be happy with just pocket money. The fun that I’ve had getting this project to this point is almost payment enough for me.
In two weeks, I will be taking my plants to our local Sunday morning market. I will be selling succulents, of all sizes, vegie seedlings, bearded iris, geraniums and a few other miscellaneous bits and pieces. I’m a bit nervous about it, but at the same time, also excited for people to see my beautiful plants.
I’m very pleased with the progress, which if I’d thought of it at the beginning of the year, would have been unthinkable. The pandemic has been a dreadful thing for the world, but one small positive is that it’s forced me to change direction.
I’m as yet undecided if this change of direction will be permanent, but I have a little while to decide. Until then, I’m just going to keep pottering away with my #isoproject and see where it leads me.
Many areas are beginning to open up now as the new cases are becoming less. How have you spent your time while in lockdown or isolation? I’d love to hear about your experiences and promise to reply to all comments.
This post is linked up to Denyse’s Life This Week
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