Who wants something super pretty that can also make money?
I don't think millennials garden as much as baby boomers. Which is a shame, because if you're young or in college they can be huge money makers.
Those same qualities could be why you're not doing it. Gardens take time and money. But if you budget carefully, you can end up making more money.
The key is to budget a true Ghibli experience. Buying a ton of expensive flowers can put you in the hole. But if you mix them with cheaper plants, you can get away with "cheating" while making more money.
Ghibli, if you don't know, is a super popular anime company. There's know for their beautiful, imaginative worlds. Sometimes those worlds aren't very orthodox, which gives them their charm.
Your garden is going to contain a ton of floating vegetables. These will give your garden a unique look.
For location, I recommend asking permission at your local park or college. You can improve your chances of securing permission by doing a study. All you have to do is count the number of people who look at your spot, the ones that follow through, and the ones who pass it entirely. The count can be passed onto the park or college as an estimate of people who want a visual attraction at the park or college.
However, you can't do any of that without the actual garden. Let's get right to it.
1. Be eclectic when it comes to getting pots. Go to thrift stores. Go to estate sales. Get pots with bright colors. When you can make an "8 by 4 plot" with the pots, you're good.
2. If a few of your pots are short (recommended), use a spiral staircase method with stools. It creates a cool set up with the few plants you will be able to afford.
3. Go for four of the following plants: scallions, garlic, bok choy, basil, celery, romaine lettuce, or cilantro.
a. When it comes to scallions, buy them cheap at the grocery store. Leave an inch attached to the roots and place them in a well-lit space. When they're done growing, place them in a pot with a high waterline so they can be seen. Alternatively, place them in a transparent pot.
b. When it comes to garlic, buy them cheap at the grocery store. Go for garlic that's starting to sprout. If you cannot find any, ask a grocer about the store's garlic quality. How long has the garlic been there? Are the engineered not to sprout? Are they close to sprouting? Like the scallions, put them in a little water to grow. Grown garlic looks best in the front, so grow a lot and put it in a big plot of floating water.
c. Put the root end of bok choy in a well-lit area with water. After seven to fourteen days, you can put it in a pot with soil and grow a head. Like garlic, bok choy looks very interesting, so when you put it into a water pot, make sure its super visual.
d. Get 4-inch basil clippings in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. You can plant them in pots when the roots are around 2 inches long.
e. Put a celery base in a shallow bowl of warm sunlit water. When leaves begin to thicken and grow in the middle put the celery in the soil.
f. Maintain a 1/2 water level in a container. Keep romaine lettuce stumps in it. Once new leave and roots appear, you can transfer it to water.
g. Cilantro takes the longest. Put stems in a glass of water. When the roots are long enough, plant them in a pot. If the room is well lit, you will have a full plant in a few months.
If you couldn't tell, this is a bit of a scrap garden. You can collect the materials cheaply by slowly buying the plants over the months. When everything is grown, put the plants with a lot of roots in the soil and the rest in water. You'll make an interesting combo soil floating water garden for display.
4. To improve the garden further, make a simple hanging plant display. Get a cross and hang two of your floating plants from it. If it's neat, it will draw eyes towards your garden. Make an Instagram account and a hashtag for the garden. If you want to lean into the experiment "experience", make sure to include your survey in the title of your garden.
5. Get friends to take photos with it and use the account tag and hashtags. It will instantly improve your little garden's chances of popping up in the search results.
6. Tag other Instagram accounts that include the sort of plants you have in your posts.
7. Use a bunch of plants tags based on the plants you planted. Use a minimum of fifteen tags. Each tags should have been used around 10,000 to 50,000 times.