Gardeners can reap a lot of income from a small amount of intensively farmed land. Moreover, input costs for machinery often are minimal. This makes overhead costs lower than for other types of farming. Costly specialty equipment may be required to support larger scale operations. However, much depends on the weather, market demand, and grower management and experience. In general, market garden crops are more weather sensitive than traditional crops.
Market gardeners often supplement their income through other means. Creativity is an asset. With ongoing improvements to storage techniques, growers can keep storable crops and sell them during the winter months. This is a good way to provide year-round income. Some smaller operations earn a secondary income from the sale of related goods. For example, they may sell bedding plants or value-added products such as preserves.