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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #40 on: March 27, 2017, 05:38:33 PM »
Sweet! Will give it a listen for sure.

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #41 on: March 27, 2017, 07:29:59 PM »
Have you ever thought about using a plastic/wood substitute made from post consumer plastic waste and selling them flat-pack. It would make them lighter and shippable and maybe open up some new markets for you.
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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #42 on: March 28, 2017, 01:14:37 PM »
Have you ever thought about using a plastic/wood substitute made from post consumer plastic waste and selling them flat-pack. It would make them lighter and shippable and maybe open up some new markets for you.

It's something I have given a lot of thought to over the course of the past 2-3 years.

You can already buy raised garden beds flat packed at the big hardware/garden centres. You can also buy a ready made wicking garden bed called a vegepod, also available at these centres. So I'm not sure I see a big market in adding something slightly different even with the potential recycled angle. The amount of effort and money required to get a product to market is well beyond me and I am not willing to take that risk based on my current financial situation. What I'm focusing on is empowering people to grow their own vegies, many who have tried and failed using in-ground methods, those who haven't tried, those with limited space. What I want to be able to do is supply these kits to allow people to convert their existing garden beds to wicking beds or to convert the pre-built raised garden beds I mentioned to wicking beds. Value adding rather than trying to reinvent the wheel and compete with other products.

It's a hobby business, the massive increase in sales I'd need to make it viable as a full time business is not something I can envision currently although I am constantly thinking of ways to expand my services which is why I am doing the horticulture course at tafe.

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #43 on: May 11, 2017, 05:44:34 PM »
http://www.adelaidehillsvegiegardens.com.au/

I've redone the website so if anyone would like to have a quick look and provide some feedback, I'd appreciate it.

I'm launching the next phase of the business at the Birdwood Farm Day on Sunday the 21st of May. It will be the first time I have a marquee setup with my new crates which have my logo on them. The radio show proved a success and I have received a lot more interest and enquiries. The last 2 months I have been flat out.

However, I exhausted the supply of high quality crates I was getting and after months of trying to find something as good and being sent some very questionable looking samples I decided the only way to get a reliable source of high quality crates was to get them built for me. This way I get them built to my specs so they are a better design than the ones I had previously which were recycled onion crates. They cost more but they'll last longer and hopefully appeal to a wider audience.

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #44 on: May 11, 2017, 06:51:34 PM »
Two comments on the website, are these more water efficient? If so make a big deal of it. It will save you money, makes it better than others etc etc.

You say delivery is $25 but maybe put where you deliver to? Even just a "we deliver from Aldinga to Gawler" or whatever it is. If I saw you were in Mt Torrens I might think you only deliver in the hills.

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Looks good though! Best of luck with it all!

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #45 on: May 11, 2017, 08:58:53 PM »
I like your business model more here, Mark. My impression of the original setup was that this seemed extremely labour intensive for you, especially if things didn't go to plan. This posed problems with the scalability of the business. Supplying DIY seems far more sensible.
Have you included a detailed setup and maintenance instruction guide for new customers including FAQs etc?

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #46 on: May 11, 2017, 11:41:14 PM »

Thanks for the feedback.


Two comments on the website, are these more water efficient? If so make a big deal of it. It will save you money, makes it better than others etc etc.

You say delivery is $25 but maybe put where you deliver to? Even just a "we deliver from Aldinga to Gawler" or whatever it is. If I saw you were in Mt Torrens I might think you only deliver in the hills.

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Looks good though! Best of luck with it all!

Had a few comments about delivery and the lack of info. I need to sit down with a map and come up with some delivery zones with prices to make it more transparent and upfront.

These are no more water efficient than the previous batch but wicking beds are a lot more water efficient than regular garden beds so yes, I should highlight that more.



I like your business model more here, Mark. My impression of the original setup was that this seemed extremely labour intensive for you, especially if things didn't go to plan. This posed problems with the scalability of the business. Supplying DIY seems far more sensible.
Have you included a detailed setup and maintenance instruction guide for new customers including FAQs etc?

Installation was a hiding to nothing from a business point of view. It was never going to be sustainable even as a hobby business. I think I can now see a way to gradually make a more substantial business using this model.

Yes, kits come with very detailed instructions with loads of pictures in a step by step type of guide. I also have a maintenance guide to get people started.

I've also made more changes to the design based on some more trials at home with different liner materials. I'm still researching a few ideas in that space.

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #47 on: May 12, 2017, 04:38:24 AM »
If i was doing it i would try to make the logo smaller and to the side or as a thin banner at the top and then have a photo at the top of every page (different photo on each page) of the product. The logo filling your screen on the home page and then the blurb and then finally getting to the bottom to see thumbnails...

You could intersperse a photo between the paragraphs here. But definitely shrink the logo.

Also last page should be a contact page if you can put more pages in, that's where people look for that stuff.

Looks good, i'm sure you'll fill it up with time and experience.
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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #48 on: May 12, 2017, 12:54:33 PM »
Made a few changes to it, especially the size of the main logo. Any better? I'm limited to 3 pages and for now I am happy with that.

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #49 on: May 12, 2017, 04:21:47 PM »
Looks the same to me, maybe i have to delete my cookies. I'll have another go in the morning.
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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #50 on: May 17, 2017, 01:59:55 PM »
New crates have arrived and I am very impressed with how they look. Very solid too which is very important.

Website has been updated which I'm hoping makes it easier to find the required information - http://www.adelaidehillsvegiegardens.com.au

Hopefully there is a good turnout this Sunday at Birdwood Farm Day in the Mount Crawford forest to get more people aware of what I am doing.

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #51 on: July 10, 2017, 09:44:06 AM »
Received the next garden bed in our product line-up. Not yet ready to sell, I need to set a few up to see how the wicking kit works and make any changes necessary before selling them. Good for smaller gardens, by the backdoor, down the side of the house or maybe for renters. I'll be filling one up with herbs closer to the house and trialling a few new ideas I have for wicking setups.

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #52 on: July 10, 2017, 10:51:14 AM »
They look smashing Dr S. Motivation for me to clean up the side of the house and wack a couple in I reckon.

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #53 on: July 10, 2017, 12:08:32 PM »
Veggie is spelt with 2 G's isn't it?

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #54 on: July 10, 2017, 12:22:39 PM »
Uh oh.

Do you have a pic of how they will weather? Be a good sell7ng point to show people what they will look like in a year or two.
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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #55 on: July 10, 2017, 03:35:36 PM »
Egg, Maggie, veggie.

Egalitarian, vegetable, vegie.

This is a box made out of the same untreated pine timber albeit quite old. The boxes will grey over time unless coated in paint or oil. I'm hoping to put 2 of these out on the verge to expand the community garden. Great opportunity to do a side by side comparison; 1 untreated, 1 treated.

Also thinking of pitching these to people selling their house. A small but low maintenance vegie garden to add some value to their home.

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #56 on: July 10, 2017, 04:03:24 PM »
Veggie is spelt with 2 G's isn't it?

Gardening Australia spell it with one "g", If you cant trust a hairy Greek gnome to get English right who can you trust?  ;)

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Re: Raised garden beds - now selling
« Reply #57 on: July 11, 2017, 12:10:21 AM »
Hang on GardeninG has one G?
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