Gardening is one of the most popular Australian hobbies, with many young people flocking to the country every year.
Gardening, however, is not a business that is a natural fit for a small business.
There are many rules and regulations, and there is no guarantee of success if your business is a small one, says Tom Kippler, co-founder and CEO of Gardening Network.
Mr Kipplers main concerns about starting a business in the Australian capital are that:Gardens are expensive to maintain, and can be costly to transport and hire staff.
Gardeners often find themselves operating on a shoestring budget, and he says a good Gardener’s budget can run between $300 and $400 a month.
“A $200 gardener would not make the same money that a gardener could make on a $3,000-a-month farm,” he says.
Greens senator Scott Ludlam has criticised the way the Federal Government has allowed small farmers to be sold off.
Mr Ludlam, who has previously spoken out about the Government’s decision to allow the sale of farmers’ land, says a small gardener will be struggling to survive on his or her own.
“It’s a very expensive hobby, and a hobby that you might have a small number of customers, but you’re not going to be able to afford to hire someone to run it,” he said.
Mr Varnum says he has not heard of any small business owners being able to survive off the income of a garden, and has no plans to take on a gardening business at the moment.
“I don’t think I’d ever want to start that sort of business,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne’s The Weekend.
“Because it would be really hard for me to get into it, because the fees would be too high, it would mean I couldn’t make money.”