I am retiring this year and hope to start my life long dream of growing
trees. I have a 5 acre property in North Phoenix with water. While I
am not expecting to get rich doing this, I hope I do not loose my
saving and have a moderate income.
I have no experience and I need to learn fast. Could anyone guide me
to some websites, groups... Or even if there are professional
>I am retiring this year and hope to start my life long dream of
> growing trees. I have a 5 acre property in North Phoenix.....
Any idea where you live?
Every day when we feel that you couldn't make a post dumber than
you have in the past, you surprise us and convince us that evolution
has a long way to go. The OP pre-answered your stupid question in
his SECOND sentence. Read before post a reply.
I think growing cactus would be a better idea. Anyone can become an
expert gardener fast if you select plants that grow well in your area
and with the current conditions. Have the soil tested in several
areas. I suspect your soil is sandy.
At first glance, I would suggest growing palms. Travelers or Triangle .
As an alternative, you might consider leasing your land to a local
nursery, might be less hassle for you.
Try posting here;
Many Arizonan gardeners and landscapers read here. Also, some local
nurseries might be able to help you decide what the future demands could be.
Then you need your extension service first.
Make an appointment with the Maricopa Co. office:
And you need to find your small business advisory groups -- small business
incubators, SCORE, etc.
The first things I'd start with on the growing side would be soil and
water tests. The first things I'd start with on the business side
would be a needs analysis. No point in raising a crop you can't sell
because Monrovia or such is producing it cheaper.
great post - I'd say finding a 'niche' or leasing it is the way to go.
Lots of people seem to enjoy the 'pick your own'-type gardens around
here. Perhaps you could stage a coupla different crops through the year
and have folks harvest their own strawberries, peppers, whatever.
Step 1: get some experience. If you don't know what you're doing,
what makes you think you can make a successful business? I suggest
taking a job with a nursery and seeing things from the inside.
Many, many businesses fail within a year or two. The ones that
succeed do their homework. And get a little bit lucky. And plan to
lose money for awhile until they get things off the ground (no pun
intended). Since you are dealing with a product that takes years to
reach market, you may be looking at a longer window before seeing any
sort of profit.
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