Currently in my back yard I am growing, potatoes, rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, and we have a cherry tree. I'm going to try and grow a lot of saffron in my green house. My friend also built a greenhouse for a school project so I getting him to grow saffron too. Saffron costs about $20 a gram if it is good so its profitable as hell but a lot of work to pick.
good luck with that. it takes about 150,000 stigmas for 1 pound. That'd be 50,000 plants if everything went perfectly. Assuming you don't have 10 generations of saffron growing experience to work off in your family, you'll no doubt be growing lower grade product. So that pound might get you $800. so 625 plants would pay for your seeds. assuming no expenses you'd be making $1/sq foot with 1 plant taking 1.5 x 1.5 inches. there's a reason it's mostly grown in counties where you can pay a child or woman $1.50 for 10 hours of labour.
but that sound like it would be a lot of fun and I totally support the idea. just don't get your hopes up for any real profit.
ive been reading up on container gardening and am planning a setup for my balcony. so far I plan to do tomatoes, basil, cilantro, peppers, maybe some greens and other spices. maybe ill post pictures if I actually get motivated and make some progress
Im not planning on yielding anything close to a pound of saffron. I wish I could though. With my friends green house and mine we will have 600 square feet of space. I think it will be a fun project. My family has a saffron hook up because of my grandpa. They get 3 onces for about $80 which is an extremely good deal and its really good saffron So I most likely will be selling the saffron I get.
but anyways, the ladyfriend has a garden at her place that i pretty much took over where i'm growing butter lettuce, broccoli, brussels sprouts, green beans, 3 varieties of tomatoes, zucchini, chamomile, jalopenos, watermelon, rhubarb, carrots, beets, and some other shit i forgot. jazzed for harvesting
my garden is pretty sweet, about 20 ft long by 5 feet or so wide, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, cauliflower,broc raub, egg plant, kale, swiss chard, celery, peppers, corn, lots of other herbs, i am probably missing a few, my sister and dad r really into it, and my sister has been on a farm in new hampshire for about a week now and staying there unitl september just living and farming for the summer
anyone who lives in the city ever make a potato box to have on a balcony or porch? basically where you start growing a potato plant in a wooden box and as it grown you keep adding sections onto the box and add soil to make it higher. the stem that was above ground will turn to root so you can have a massive root base to your potato plant so you have a shit load of potato production in a small area since it's vertical.
I do, just the basics though. Bell peppers, Jalapenos, tomatoes, basil, a lettuce pot that got killed by the heat, and I think thats it. One of my tomato plants died in that god forsaken derecho storm though. I was not stoked on that one.